Pollinator

Pollinator

Most often, bees are associated with the transfer of pollen between flowers; however, other insects and animals serve as pollinators as well. Plant and animal species coexist and coevolve in order to aid in flower reproduction. Specifically, the butterfly seen perched in a plant (as in this picture) may similarly perch on a flower, where pollen grains produced by the anthers may dust onto its wings. Subsequently, the butterfly will carry the pollen to the next flower it lands on, where the grains will be deposited onto the stigma of the flower’s carpel. Through the everyday travels of a butterfly, the process of pollination (and by extension, fertilization and reproduction) is facilitated in several plants.

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