Pg. 33-34 Report on the Natural Occurrence of Insect Pollinators in a Litchi Orchard: 1993/94

The farm Carpe Diem, near Ofcalaco, which is surrounded by indigenous vegetation, had a large complement of insects
that visited the litchi blossoms. Most species were ineffectual as pollinators. These insects occurred in low numbers and simply robbed the flowers of nectar while passing through the orchard. There were, however, several bees, including the honeybee, and some flies which apparently contributed significantly towards pollination in the orchard. This differed
from a similar study near Tzaneen, where very little indigenous vegetation was present, and only honey bees appeared to have any significance as pollinators.

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