Call for the Wild

Click photo above and vote now and every day until September 13 from a desktop computer and support Wildlife Preservation Canada’s Native Pollinator program.

Help us win up to $100,000! We have been chosen as one of five environmental charities to receive up to $100,000 based upon the number of votes we receive.

 

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Syrphid flies

Syrphid flies, sometimes also referred to as hoverflies or flower flies, are a diverse group of pollinators found all over the world, with about 6000 species known in total.  They mimic the appearance of bees and wasps, which serves to discourage potential predators, though syrphids themselves are harmless to most animals.  Considered by many to be the second most important group of pollinators after bees,  adult syrphid flies feed on nectar and pollen from a variety of plants and are often spotted hovering around flowers.  Syrphid larvae, on the other hand, eat a wide range of foods, depending on the species.  The larvae of some species eat decaying plant or animal matter, whereas the larvae of other species are insectivores and eat aphids and other pest insects, and can therefore be used as a biocontrol agent to reduce levels of certain pests.

 

Read more about our pollinator program.