Like Chocolate? Thank Flies
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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from California Academy of Sciences
Key Facts In This Video
Flies kill more than one million people per year (mosquitos are flies). (0:11)
Tiny flies are the primary pollinators for the plant we get chocolate from. (0:27)
Flies and maggots are important in the decomposition of process, and help "clean up" in that way. (0:41)