Pollinators are often keystone species, meaning that they are critical to an ecosystem. The work of pollinators ensures full harvests of crops and contributes to healthy plants everywhere.

  • About 75% of all flowering plant species need the help of animals to move their heavy pollen grains from plant to plant for fertilization.
  • About 1,000 of all pollinators are vertebrates such as birds, bats, and small mammals.
  • Most pollinators (about 200,000 species) are beneficial insects such as flies, beetles, wasps, ants, butterflies, moths, and bees.

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Pollinators play a huge role in our food industry. Animals pollinate approximately a thousand different types of plants that produce food, beverages, fiber, spices, and medicines that we depend on.

  • Pollinators help produce foods such as apples, strawberries, blueberries, chocolate, melons, peaches, figs, tomatoes, pumpkins, and almonds.
  • Honeybees and other insects pollinate nearly $20 billion worth of products in the United States each year!
  • To make one pound of honey, honeybees must visit two million flowers.

Data provided by the Pollinator Partnership