17. Incidence of different insect visitors and their relative abundance associated with coriander (Coriandrum sativum) in district Charsadda

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Muhammad Usman Fazli Amin Najm-Ul- Saqib Kamran Sohail, Syed Fahad Shah Abdul Aziz


Virtually all flowering plants on the earth need pollinators for their pollination. Pollinators provide pollination services to more than 1200 crop species. Here, we analyzed the diversity of pollinators and their relative abundance on coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.) planted at Bacha Khan University Charsadda Agriculture Research farm (BARF). Sampling was done on weekly basis at two time interval from10:00-12:00pm and 03:00-05:00pm. A total of 10 insect species were recorded pollinating coriander from insect orders Diptera, Hymenoptera Lepidoptera and Coleoptera. Pollinator’s activities were recorded in peak during the month of April from 10:00-12:00pm. Apis mellifera, Eristalis tenax, Episyrphus balteatus and Megachile spp. showed higher abundance.

Keywords: Coriander; Diversity; Insect species; Pollination; Pollinators


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