Although domesticated honeybees are commonly used to pollinate crops, increasingly wild pollinators are being encouraged as well. Andrenid, Miner and Digger Bees (Andrenidae), Bumblebees and Honeybees (Apidae), Leaf-cutter and Mason Bees (Megachilidae), Sweat and Halictid Bees (Halictidae), Flower Flies (Syrphidae), and Blow Flies (Calliphoridae) are the most common wild pollinators of crop plants. However, very little research has been done on the contribution of wild pollinators to crop production. Exactly which species of pollinating insects visit crop plants has been poorly documented.
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Angela Fey, Diana Bizecki Robson

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