Journal of the American Society for Horticulture Science
American Society for Horticultural Science
Open plots of strawbery (Fragaria sp.) or plots caged with colonies of honey bees (Apis melilfera L.) produced less malformed fruit than plots screened to exclude large insects. Bees and large Diptera, mostly drone flies (Eristalis spp.), were the most numerous visitors to the strawberry blossoms. A list of insects including 108 species representing 35 families frequenting strawberry blossoms in Utah was compiled. The most efficient pollinators were Apis mellifera, Halictus ligatus Say, and Eristalis spp.
Pollination and foraging
Nye, W. P., and J. L. Anderson. 1974. Insect Pollinators Frequenting Strawberry Blossoms and the Effect of Honey Bees on Yeild and Fruit Quality. J. Am. Soc. Hort. Sci. 99(1):40-44.