Like Chocolate? Thank Flies

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Most Theobroma cacao trees, which are responsible for producing chocolate, require pollination because they do not self-pollinate. Scientists discovered that tiny—nearly invisible—flies called midges pollinate cacao flowers.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Flies kill more than one million people per year (mosquitos are flies). 00:11

  2. Tiny flies are the primary pollinators for the plant we get chocolate from. 00:27

  3. Flies and maggots are important in the decomposition of process, and help "clean up" in that way. 00:41

Written by Curiosity Staff July 10, 2015