Australia has lots of wild pollinator insects that are often overlooked. European honey bees get a lot of attention because they are an adaptable, generalist forager. However, many native insects also contribute to pollination in crops and gardens all around the country. A lot of research still needs to be done to identify all our pollinator insect species, understand their ecology and how they are affected by human activities.
So far, we know that Australia has around 2,000 native bee species, we also know there are a couple of thousand butterfly, wasp, fly, moth, beetle, thrips and ant species, some of which are documented pollinators. Unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of information on the ecology of many of these insects, what flowers they pollinate, or where they are found.
The Wild Pollinator Count gives you an opportunity to contribute to wild pollinator insect conservation in Australia. You are invited to count wild pollinators in your local environment and help us build a database on wild pollinator activity. Go to https://wildpollinatorcount.com/