Insects of Guatemala which are pollinators

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List of pollinators of flowers in Guatemala, especially Insect pollinators in addition to bees

We at FLAAR Mesoamerica have a long range goal to make a list of all pollinators in Guatemala:

  • All pollinators in Guatemala which are insects (but more than just bees)
    • all wasps which are pollinators
    • all butterflies and moths.
    • all beetles which are pollinators
    • all other insects which are pollinators
  • All the birds which pollinate flowers (many more than just hummingbirds)
  • All bats which pollinate flowers.

And especially, all mammals which pollinate flowers (such as micoleon).


List of Insect Pollinator Examples in Guatemala, from the book of insects of Guatemala

The present list is in Spanish because the students working at FLAAR Mesoamerica in Guatemala can more efficiently prepare their reports in Spanish. This is the work of Linda Ixchel, who speaks two Mayan languages, and helps us learn about plants and animals of Guatemala.

Linda book Flaar garden

LindaIxchel, one of the plant and animal research team, holding this helpful new book on insects of Guatemala. Since there are a zillion insect species this book mainly introduces the different families of insects, but not in lists of genus and species.

Insects book Flaar studio

El libro de Insectos de Guatemala: Guía de Identificación
Autores: Jiichiro Yoshimoto, Enio Cano y Samanta Orellana


The present list is at the level of biological family. As we do more research we will list the genus and species also.

Nectarívoros y Polinívoros:

    • Orden Orthoptera (Saltamontes, grillos, esperanzas). Page 39
    • Familia Gryllidae (Grillos) page 45
    • Familia Tettigoniidae (Esperanzas) page 46
    • Orden Dermaptera (Tijeretas) page 47
    • Orden Thysanoptera (Thrips) page 49
    • Orden Hemiptera (Chinches, Chicharras, Toritos, Pulgones, Escamas) page 50
    • Familia Miridae (Chinches de las hojas) page 54
    • Familia Pyrrhocoridae (Chinches rojas, chinches manchadoras) page 56
    • Familia Lygaeidae (Chinches de las semillas) page 57
    • Familia Coreidae (Chinches patas de hoja) page 58
    • Familia Alydidae (Chinches de cabeza ancha) page 59
    • Familia Pentatomidae (Chinches apestosas) page 60
    • Orden Coleoptera (Escarabajos) page 76
    • Familia Carabidae (Escarabajos de suelo, Escarabajos tigre) page 77
    • Familia Scarabaeidae (Escarabajos, ronrones, malines, moxes) page 82
    • Familia Buprestidae (Escarabajos joya) page 91
    • Familia Elateriadae (Escarabajos clic, cocuyos, cocayas) page 92
    • Familia Lycidae (Escarabajos lícidos) page 93
    • Familia Cantharidae (Escarabajos cantáridos) page 96
    • Familia Cleridae (Escarabajos cléridos) page 96
    • Familia Dermestidae (Escarabajos derméstidos, escarabajos Khapra) page 97
    • Familia Erotylidae (Escarabajos fungívoros) page 99
    • Familia Nitidulidae (Escarabajos nitidúlidos) page 100
    • Familia Cerambycidae (Escarabajos cerambícidos, ahorcadoras) page 103
    • Familia Chrysomelidae (Tortolitas) page 104
    • Orden Diptera (Moscas y mosquitos) page 114
    • Familia Tipulidae (Zancudos gigantes) page 115
    • Familia Culicidae (Mosquitos, Zancudos) page 116
    • Familia Ceratopogonidae (Jejenes, chaquistes) page 117
    • Familia Chironomidae (Mosquitos, quironómidos) page 118
    • Familia Cecidomyiidae (Mosquitos agalladores) page 119
    • Familia Mydidae (Moscas mydas) page 123
    • Familia Bombylidae (Moscas abejorro)page 123
    • Familia Phoridae (Fóridos) pages 124
    • Familia Syrphidae (Moscas de las flores) page 125
    • Familia Tephritidae (Moscas de la fruta, moscas del Mediterráneo) page 126
    • Familia Drosophilidae (Moscas del vinagre, moscas de la fruta) page 127
    • Familia Muscidae (Moscas comunes, moscas de establo) page 128
    • Familia Calliphoridae (Moscas verdes) page 129
    • Familia Tachinidae (Moscas taquínidas) page 131
    • Orden Lepidoptera (Mariposas y palomillas) page 135
    • Familia Papilionidae (Mariposas diurnas, papalotes) page 136
    • Familia Pieridae (Mariposas diurnas) page 139
    • Familia Lycaenidae (Mariposas diurnas) page 142
    • Familia Riodinidae (Mariposas diurnas) page 143
    • Familia Nymphalidae (Mariposas diurnas) page 144
    • Familia Hesperiidae (Mariposas diurnas, saltadoras) page 154
    • Familia Sphingidae (Mariposas nocturnas, palomillas) page 159
    • Familia Erebidae (Mariposas nocturnas, palomillas) page 160
    • Familia Noctuidae (Mariposas nocturnas, palomillas) page 163
    • Familia Geometridae (Orugas medidoras, palomillas) page 165
    • Familia Pyralidae y Crambidae (Mariposas nocturnas, palomillas) page 166
    • Orden Hymenoptera (Abejas, Avispas, hormigas) page 169
    • Familia Formicidae (Hormigas) page 174
    • Familia Pompilidae (Avispas cazadoras de arañas, pompilidos) page 177
    • Familia Scoliidae (Guitarrones, avispas guitarronas) page 178
    • Familia Vespidae (Avispas) page 179
    • Familia Sphecidae (Avispas alfareras, esfécidos) page 181
    • Familia Crabronidae (Avispas cazadoras, crabrónidos) page 181
    • Familia Apidae (Abejas) page 182
    • Familia Megachilidae (Abejas) page 184
    • Familia Halictidae (Abejas) page 185
    • Familias Colletidae y Andrenidae (Abejas) page 185

Where to learn more about pollinators of plants of Guatemala

Dr Peter Bernhardt, Prof. of Biology, St Louis University, St Louis, Missouri, has studied pollinators around the world. He recommended the work of Dr. Cecile Lumer, on bird pollinators in addition to hummingbirds.


Posted April 27, 2017

PNYNN and Livingston reports

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