diversity of flowers

Pollination is the act of transferring pollen grains from the male anther of a flower to the female stigma. Over 80 percent of the world’s flowering plants require a pollinator to reproduce. Animals that assist plants in their reproduction as pollinators include species of bat, butterflies, moths, flies, birds, beetles, ants, and bees. Without pollinators, the human race and all of Earth’s terrestrial ecosystems would not survive.”

The above text comes (with some re-arrangement) from the USDA publication, The Simple Truth: We Can’t Live Without Pollinators. Think about pollination the next time you squash a fly or crush a beetle. Given the importance of pollination to human survival, I favor mandatory pollination education classes in schools.

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