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Insect Pollinator Fauna of Apricot from Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Insect Pollinator Fauna of Apricot from Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Hina Maryam1, Muhammad Ather Rafi2, Ahmed Zia1, Ghulam Rasul3, Muhammad Kamal Sheikh3*, Muhammad Qasim4 and Gulnaz Parveen

1National Insect Museum, National Agriculture Research Center, Islamabad, Pakistan; 2University of Swabi, Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan; 3Planning and Development Division, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Pakistan; 4Department of Entomology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of the Poonch, Rawalakot, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan; 5Department of Botany, Women University, Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.  


Surveys were conducted for apricot insect pollinators during apricot blossom period (early March) from Gilgit, Ghizer, Hunza-Nagar and Skardu. Total 18 species of 14 genera under seven families of orders Diptera, Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera were identified. Order Diptera was represented by family Syrphidae with four species under three genera. Order Hymenoptera represented four families i.e. Apidae with six species under four genera; Halictidae with two species under two genera; Megachilidae with one species under one genus; and Vespidae with three species under two genera. While order Lepidoptera was represented by two families, Nymphalidae and Papilionidae with single species in each family respectively. Two species namely, Scaeva selenitica of family Syrphidae and Xylocopa acutipennis of family Apidae are new records for Pakistan. 


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Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Research


Vol. 33, Iss. 2, Pages 192-421


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