The Decline of Pollinators

What are pollinators?

Pollinators are organisms that transfer pollen from the male part of a flower [anther] to the female part of a different flower [stigma] (10).

Global examples of pollinators: (10)

1) Honeybees

2) Bumblebees

3) Hummingbirds

4) Bats

5) Butterflies

6) Ants

7) Wasps

8) Moths

9) Mosquitoes

10) Humans

11) Flies

12) Lemurs

13) Beetles


  • It is estimated that 87.5% (equivalent to approximately 308,000 species) of the world's flowering plants are pollinated by insects and other pollinators. (7)

  • More than three-quarters of the major types of global food crops derive at least some benefit from animal pollination. (7)

  • Pollinators are essential for the reproduction of many wildflowers and crops: for one out of every three bites eaten, one can thank a bee, butterfly, bat, bird, or other pollinators. (6)