Plants rely on bees and other insects to reproduce and so they have adapted, over time, to become more attractive to them.
Bees are drawn to plants with open or flat tubular flowers with lots of pollen and nectar.
A flower’s scent can have particular appeal to bees, and its bright colours may lure the bees in.
What part of the flower attracts insects for pollination?
Petals are what give a flower its unique shape, and are often brightly colored to attract insects and critters, which unwittingly aid in the fertilization of ovules through pollination. These are the small, leaf-like parts growing at the base of the petals. They serve to protect the flower before it blossoms.
What attracts the insects to the flower?
Bee with flower
Flowers are known to attract pollinating insects through a variety of means, from alluring fragrances and nectar to vibrant colors and shapes. Those flowers with long and thin stems proved to be the most attractive to insects and produced the most seeds.
Why are insects attracted to bright flowers?
Some flowers have scent to attract insects. Colours can’t be seen in the dark, so scent is important for flowers that are pollinated by night-flying insects such as moths.
Why are some insects important for flowering plants?
Pollination is the mechanism by which flowering plants reproduce. The seeds have the potential to grow into mature plants. Bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, flies and even some beetles can carry pollen from one flower to another. For self-pollinating flowers, insects move pollen to the parts of the flower that need it.