The Wild Pollinator Count is a national event, run twice a year, that aims to raise awareness about pollinator insects and collect information about them. We bet you know what a honey bee looks like, but have you noticed other bees, butterflies, moths, beetles and even flies on the flowers near you?
We invite you to count wild pollinator insects in your local environment and help us build a database on wild pollinator activity.
You can join in by watching any flowering plant for just ten minutes sometime in our count week.
- You don’t need to be an insect expert.
- You don’t need fancy gear.
- You may be surprised by what you see!
The spring 2016 count will run from the 13th to the 20th of November.
Australia has lots of wild insect pollinators that are often overlooked. European honey bees get much of the attention, however, many native insects also contribute to pollination in crops and gardens all around the country.
We still need to do a lot of research to identify all our insect pollinator 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, all of which are important pollinators. We also know there are a couple of thousand butterfly, wasp, fly, moth, beetle, thrip 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.