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Insects, Volume 11, Issue 6 (June 2020) – 74 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Australian horticulture relies exclusively on the introduced honey bee, Apis mellifera to pollinate [...] Read more. Australian horticulture relies exclusively on the introduced honey bee, Apis mellifera to pollinate crops. Given the risks associated with reliance on a single species, other insects need to be identified that could provide pollination services. This paper reviews the distribution, efficiency and management potential of dipterans that regularly visit flowers of pollinator-dependent crops in Australia and worldwide. Twenty candidate flies were identified (11 calliphorid, 7 syrphid and 2 rhiniid species) with clear evidence of pollination in many crops from limited data. A review of fly morphology, foraging behaviour and physiology revealed considerable potential for their development as managed pollinators. Future research areas to assess their pollination abilities and development as a pollination service are described. This approach is applicable to other countries and insect taxa. View this paper.