Get to know the pollinators

Many plants need pollinators to transfer the male pollen to the female ovary in flowers.

Called pollination, it leads to fertilisation, which helps plants to develop seeds and fruit that feed countless animals in the world.

Globally, nearly 90 percent of wild flowering plant species depend, at least in part, on the transfer of pollen by animals.

Pollinators provide essential ecosystem services in the natural landscapes as well as within agricultural or horticultural and urban environments.

Who are the pollinators?

  • The vast majority of pollinators are wild species including bees, some flies, butterflies, moths, wasps, beetles, thrips, birds, bats and other vertebrates.
  • Honey bees (Apis mellifera) are particularly important as pollinators of food crops. They are the most widespread managed pollinator in the world.
  • Crop yields and/or quality depend on both the diversity and abundance of pollinators.

Did you know?

  • Crop pollination

    More than 75 per cent of the world’s food crops rely on animal pollinators for yield and/or quality

  • Types of pollinators

    There are more than 20,000 species of pollinators in the world

  • Hives

    Globally, there are about 81 million hives producing an estimated 1.6 million tonnes of honey annually

  • Registered beekeepers

    In Australia, there were an estimated 13,000 registered beekeepers operating 448,000 hive in 2014–15

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