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Forcipomyia hardyi (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae), a Potential Pollinator of Cacao (Theobroma cacao) Flowers in Hawaii

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Title: Forcipomyia hardyi (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae), a Potential Pollinator of Cacao (Theobroma cacao) Flowers in Hawaii
Authors: O'Doherty, Daniel C.
Zoll, Janna J.K.
Keywords: biting midges, cacao pollination
Issue Date: Dec 2012
Publisher: Hawaiian Entomological Society
Citation: Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society (2012) 44:79–81
Abstract: Biting midges of the genus Forcipomyia are known to be important
pollinators of cacao trees in cocoa producing countries throughout the world.
Forcipomyia hardyi is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands and is here reported to
pollinate cacao trees on the island of Oahu. We report that F. hardyi visits cacao
flowers where it picks up pollen, and therefore it is potentially an important pollinator of cacao in Hawaii.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/25464
ISSN: 0073-134X
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
Appears in Collections:Volume 44 - December 2012 : Hawaiian Entomological Society



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