Insect pollinators refers to the insects that have a primary role of pollinating the more than two-thirds of the world's plant species that require pollination for fertilisation.

List of insect pollinators[edit | edit source]

The following list details the key insect pollinators:

  • Bees
  • Wasps
  • Flies
  • Butterflies
  • Some beetles.

In addition to insects, there are certain birds, bats, small mammals and even people on occasion, who have a role in assisting pollination.

Bees[edit | edit source]


Bees are responsible for the majority of pollinating in gardens, of crops and in all relevant natural settings.

Different flowers, crops and natural areas attract different kinds of bees.

Wasps[edit | edit source]


Adult wasps obtain nectar from shallow flowers with nectar that is easily obtained.

  • European paper wasp (aggressive, social)
  • German yellowjacket (aggressive, social)
  • The solitary, gentle varieties

Flies[edit | edit source]


As with wasps, flies tend to like the shallow flowers with easily accessible nectar.

  • Bluebottle flies
  • Hover flies
  • Tachinid flies (pest controllers as well)

Butterflies[edit | edit source]


Butterflies like the large and showy flowers and require nectar, not pollen.

Beetles[edit | edit source]

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