Pollinators are animals that transfer pollen from the male parts of flowers to female parts of other compatible flowers, thereby facilitating plant reproduction and the subsequent production of seeds, fruits and the next generation of young plants.
When we think about pollinators most of us naturally tend to think of the more familiar groups such as butterflies and bees. In fact, insect pollinators are an incredibly diverse group that includes several less well known insect groups such as wasps, flies, beetles, ants, bugs, thrips and earwigs. A total of 1500 different insect species belonging to these groups are thought to be play a role in pollinating plants and trees in the UK.
All of these species have fascinating life-cycles, and each and every one of them play crucial roles in the intricate web of life upon which us humans ultimately depend.
Click the links below to learn more about the main groups of insect pollinators: