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When we hear the term 'pollinator' we usually imagine honeybees and butterflies. In fact, over 200,000 individual animal species in the world that hold the title of 'pollinator' including some unexpected creatures. Check out this gallery of geckos, monkeys, birds and lemurs spreading pollen which is crucial to the world's plant, and crop, diversity. Bats, flies, moths and ants are featured with their fellow pollinators in this collection of twenty images.
Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) hanging on branch to feed on nectar from flowers with pollen on beak, New Zealand  -  Tui De Roy
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00445574 Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) hanging on branch to feed on nectar from flowers with pollen on beak, New Zealand© Tui De Roy
I'iwi (Oreomystis mana)feeding on flower nectar, Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii  -  Mark Moffett
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00463077 I'iwi (Oreomystis mana)feeding on flower nectar, Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii© Mark Moffett
Pygmy Grasshopper (Tetrigidae) covered in pollen, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00525299 Pygmy Grasshopper (Tetrigidae) covered in pollen, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Cotton-top Tamarin (Saguinus oedipus) with red pollen after feeding on flower nectar, Tayrona National Natural Park, Colombia
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00569353 Cotton-top Tamarin (Saguinus oedipus) with red pollen after feeding on flower nectar, Tayrona National Natural Park, Colombia© Thomas Marent
Five-spotted Hawkmoth (Manduca quinquemaculata) feeding on flower nectar, Sonoita, Arizona  -  Mark Moffett
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00463049 Five-spotted Hawkmoth (Manduca quinquemaculata) feeding on flower nectar, Sonoita, Arizona© Mark Moffett
Yucca Moth (Tegeticula yuccasella) pollinating Yucca flower (Yucca torreyi) and ovipositing, Mexico  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00510420 Yucca Moth (Tegeticula yuccasella) pollinating Yucca flower (Yucca torreyi) and ovipositing, Mexico© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Kinkajou (Potos flavus) pollen-covered after feeding on Balsa (Ochroma pyramidale) flower nectar, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00477183 Kinkajou (Potos flavus) pollen-covered after feeding on Balsa (Ochroma pyramidale) flower nectar, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) feeding on flower nectar, Berenty, Madagascar  -  Mark Moffett
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00463062 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) feeding on flower nectar, Berenty, Madagascar© Mark Moffett
Chestnut Weevil (Curculio elephas) adult, with pollen on rostrum and legs, standing on flower, Italy  -  Emanuele Biggi/ FLPA
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80144646 Chestnut Weevil (Curculio elephas) adult, with pollen on rostrum and legs, standing on flower, Italy© Emanuele Biggi / FLPA
Malachite Sunbird (Nectarina famosa) adult male, in eclipse plumage, with pollen on face from feeding at flowers, Oudtshoorn, Klein Karoo, Western Cape, South Africa  -  Jurgen and Christine Sohns/ FLPA
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80146013 Malachite Sunbird (Nectarina famosa) adult male, in eclipse plumage, with pollen on face from feeding at flowers, Oudtshoorn, Klein Karoo, Western Cape, South Africa© Jurgen & Christine Sohns / FLPA
Five-spotted Hawkmoth (Manduca quinquemaculata) feeding on flower nectar, Sonoita, Arizona  -  Mark Moffett
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00463052 Five-spotted Hawkmoth (Manduca quinquemaculata) feeding on flower nectar, Sonoita, Arizona© Mark Moffett
Common Cactus-Finch (Geospiza scandens) using long beak to feed on Opuntia (Opuntia sp) cactus flower, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00445441 Common Cactus-Finch (Geospiza scandens) using long beak to feed on Opuntia (Opuntia sp) cactus flower, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Pallas' Long-tongued Bat (Glossophaga soricina) feeding on nectar of Pseudobombax (Pseudobombax sp) flower, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463329 Pallas' Long-tongued Bat (Glossophaga soricina) feeding on nectar of Pseudobombax (Pseudobombax sp) flower, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora) male feeding on nectar, Costa Rica  -  Glenn Bartley/ BIA
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00526260 White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora) male feeding on nectar, Costa Rica© Glenn Bartley/ BIA
Gila Woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis) feeding on Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) cactus flower, southern Arizona
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00557982 Gila Woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis) feeding on Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) cactus flower, southern Arizona© Donald M. Jones
Grey-headed Flying Fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) feeding on eucalyptus blossom, New South Wales, Australia  -  Neil Bowman/ FLPA
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80035279 Grey-headed Flying Fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) feeding on eucalyptus blossom, New South Wales, Australia© Neil Bowman / FLPA
Cotton-top Tamarin (Saguinus oedipus) feeding on Orange Flame Vine (Combretum fruticosum) flower nectar, Tayrona National Natural Park, Colombia
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00569360 Cotton-top Tamarin (Saguinus oedipus) feeding on Orange Flame Vine (Combretum fruticosum) flower nectar, Tayrona National Natural Park, Colombia© Thomas Marent
Callithrix Monkey (Cercopithecus sabaeus) adult, with pollen on face, feeding on ceiba tree flowers, Niokolo-Koba, Senegal, february  -  Ignacio Yufera/ FLPA
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80126359 Callithrix Monkey (Cercopithecus sabaeus) adult, with pollen on face, feeding on ceiba tree flowers, Niokolo-Koba, Senegal, february© Ignacio Yufera / FLPA
Common Forester (Adscita statices) adult, feeding on ragwort flowers, on chalk downland, Dorset, England, July  -  Bob Gibbons/ FLPA
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80174456 Common Forester (Adscita statices) adult, feeding on ragwort flowers, on chalk downland, Dorset, England, July© Bob Gibbons / FLPA
Ruby-tailed Wasp (Hedychrum niemelai) adult female, feeding at flower, Breckland, Norfolk, England, July  -  Roger Tidman/ FLPA
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80188039 Ruby-tailed Wasp (Hedychrum niemelai) adult female, feeding at flower, Breckland, Norfolk, England, July© Roger Tidman / FLPA
Darkling Beetle (Lagria hirta) adult, feeding on pollen from yellow flower in garden, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, England, July  -  Dave Pressland/ FLPA
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80188889 Darkling Beetle (Lagria hirta) adult, feeding on pollen from yellow flower in garden, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, England, July© Dave Pressland / FLPA
Ant (Leptothorax canadensis) with pollen enters Alpine Forget-me-not flower (Eritrichium sp), Colorado  -  Mark Moffett
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00129236 Ant (Leptothorax canadensis) with pollen enters Alpine Forget-me-not flower (Eritrichium sp), Colorado© Mark Moffett
Chestnut-breasted Coronet (Boissonneaua matthewsii) feeding on nectar, Ecuador  -  Glenn Bartley/ BIA
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00528628 Chestnut-breasted Coronet (Boissonneaua matthewsii) feeding on nectar, Ecuador© Glenn Bartley/ BIA
Common Cactus-Finch (Geospiza scandens), Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Gerry Ellis
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00206648 Common Cactus-Finch (Geospiza scandens), Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Gerry Ellis/ Globio
Jamaican Fruit-eating Bat (Artibeus jamaicensis) dusted in pollen, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463309 Jamaican Fruit-eating Bat (Artibeus jamaicensis) dusted in pollen, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Mosquito (Culicidae) with pollen on stinger  -  Mark Moffett
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00481958 Mosquito (Culicidae) with pollen on stinger© Mark Moffett
Geoffroy's Tailless Bat (Anoura geoffroyi) visiting an epiphytic Bromeliad (Vriesia sp) note pollen on head and shoulders, Costa Rica  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00511628 Geoffroy's Tailless Bat (Anoura geoffroyi) visiting an epiphytic Bromeliad (Vriesia sp) note pollen on head and shoulders, Costa Rica© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Ant (Forelius pruinosus) feeding on Sandmat (Chamaesyce sp) flower nectar  -  Mark Moffett
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00463051 Ant (Forelius pruinosus) feeding on Sandmat (Chamaesyce sp) flower nectar© Mark Moffett
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) eating cactus flower, Berenty, Madagascar  -  Mark Moffett
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00463060 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) eating cactus flower, Berenty, Madagascar© Mark Moffett
Pallas' Long-tongued Bat (Glossophaga soricina) feeding on nectar of Pseudobombax (Pseudobombax sp) flower, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463385 Pallas' Long-tongued Bat (Glossophaga soricina) feeding on nectar of Pseudobombax (Pseudobombax sp) flower, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Cotton-top Tamarin (Saguinus oedipus) feeding on Orange Flame Vine (Combretum fruticosum) flower nectar, Tayrona National Natural Park, Colombia
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00569362 Cotton-top Tamarin (Saguinus oedipus) feeding on Orange Flame Vine (Combretum fruticosum) flower nectar, Tayrona National Natural Park, Colombia© Thomas Marent
Longhorn Beetle (Leptura obliterata) taking flight covered with pollen, western Oregon  -  Michael Durham
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00522169 Longhorn Beetle (Leptura obliterata) taking flight covered with pollen, western Oregon© Michael Durham
Buff-bellied Hummingbird (Amazilia yucatanensis) feeding on nectar, Texas  -  Alan Murphy/ BIA
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00527155 Buff-bellied Hummingbird (Amazilia yucatanensis) feeding on nectar, Texas© Alan Murphy/ BIA
Geoffroy's Tailless Bat (Anoura geoffroyi) visiting an epiphytic Bromeliad (Vriesia sp) note pollen on head and shoulders, Costa Rica  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00511629 Geoffroy's Tailless Bat (Anoura geoffroyi) visiting an epiphytic Bromeliad (Vriesia sp) note pollen on head and shoulders, Costa Rica© Michael & Patricia Fogden
King Spider Orchid (Caladenia pectinata) flower swarmed by male parasitic wasps who interpret the flowers red lip as female wasp, western Australia  -  Christian Ziegler
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00462920 King Spider Orchid (Caladenia pectinata) flower swarmed by male parasitic wasps who interpret the flowers red lip as female wasp, western Australia© Christian Ziegler
Cotton-top Tamarin (Saguinus oedipus) feeding on Orange Flame Vine (Combretum fruticosum) flower nectar, Tayrona National Natural Park, Colombia
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00569361 Cotton-top Tamarin (Saguinus oedipus) feeding on Orange Flame Vine (Combretum fruticosum) flower nectar, Tayrona National Natural Park, Colombia© Thomas Marent
Peters's Angola Colobus (Colobus angolensis palliatus) covered in pollen, native to Africa  -  Roland Seitre
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00518294 Peters's Angola Colobus (Colobus angolensis palliatus) covered in pollen, native to Africa© Roland Seitre
Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) feeding on flower, France  -  Hans Gebuis/ Buiten-beeld
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00514302 Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) feeding on flower, France© Hans Gebuis/ Buiten-beeld
Orchid (Masdevallia sp) flower being pollinated by tiny carrion flies which are attracted to the flower by its foul smell, one is carrying a pollinium, Finca Dracula Orchid Sanctuary, western Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00462884 Orchid (Masdevallia sp) flower being pollinated by tiny carrion flies which are attracted to the flower by its foul smell, one is carrying a pollinium, Finca Dracula Orchid Sanctuary, western Panama© Christian Ziegler
Gall Midge (Cecidomyiidae) gathering pollen from Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) flower by sticking its head inside a petal pouch that contains both pollen and a sticky nectar reward, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00463071 Gall Midge (Cecidomyiidae) gathering pollen from Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) flower by sticking its head inside a petal pouch that contains both pollen and a sticky nectar reward, Panama© Mark Moffett
Five-spotted Hawkmoth (Manduca quinquemaculata) feeding on flower nectar, Sonoita, Arizona  -  Mark Moffett
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00463053 Five-spotted Hawkmoth (Manduca quinquemaculata) feeding on flower nectar, Sonoita, Arizona© Mark Moffett
Pollen Katydid (Kawanaphila sp) covered with fine, soft hair making them ideal pollinators, Australia  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298336 Pollen Katydid (Kawanaphila sp) covered with fine, soft hair making them ideal pollinators, Australia© Piotr Naskrecki
Mosquito (Aedes sp) feeding on Small Northern Bog Orchid (Platanthera obtusata) flower, Ely, Minnesota  -  Mark Moffett
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00463043 Mosquito (Aedes sp) feeding on Small Northern Bog Orchid (Platanthera obtusata) flower, Ely, Minnesota© Mark Moffett
Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum)feeding, Samos, Greece  -  Misja Smits/ Buiten-beeld
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00523391 Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum)feeding, Samos, Greece© Misja Smits/ Buiten-beeld
Soldier Beetle (Cantharidae) feeding on Southern Magnonia (Magnolia grandiflora) flower nectar, National Arboretum, Washington D.C.  -  Mark Moffett
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00463042 Soldier Beetle (Cantharidae) feeding on Southern Magnonia (Magnolia grandiflora) flower nectar, National Arboretum, Washington D.C.© Mark Moffett
Green-crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula) hummingbird feeding on ginger flower nectar, Costa Rica  -  Greg Basco/ BIA
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00542568 Green-crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula) hummingbird feeding on ginger flower nectar, Costa Rica© Greg Basco/ BIA
Callithrix Monkey (Cercopithecus sabaeus) adult female, with pollen on face, feeding on ceiba tree flowers, Niokolo-Koba, Senegal, february  -  Ignacio Yufera/ FLPA
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80126355 Callithrix Monkey (Cercopithecus sabaeus) adult female, with pollen on face, feeding on ceiba tree flowers, Niokolo-Koba, Senegal, february© Ignacio Yufera / FLPA
Ornate Day Gecko (Phelsuma ornata) feeding on nectar from Bois Boeuf (Gastonia mauritiana) blossoms, Mauritius  -  Mark Moffett
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00463065 Ornate Day Gecko (Phelsuma ornata) feeding on nectar from Bois Boeuf (Gastonia mauritiana) blossoms, Mauritius© Mark Moffett
Virginia Ctenucha (Ctenucha virginica) moth feeding on nectar, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00525310 Virginia Ctenucha (Ctenucha virginica) moth feeding on nectar, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
White-whiskered Hermit (Phaethornis yaruqui) feeding on nectar, Ecuador  -  Glenn Bartley/ BIA
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00528463 White-whiskered Hermit (Phaethornis yaruqui) feeding on nectar, Ecuador© Glenn Bartley/ BIA
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