Heroes Your Hardworking Pollinators

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Heroes –Your Hardworking Pollinators
Imagine a world without flowers, plants, fruits, coffee, vegetables or chocolate. All of these items are a result of pollination and are a contribution of our hardworking pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Pollination is important to our society because it’s estimated that more than 1,300 types of plants are grown for food, beverages, medicines, condiments, species and even fabric. Pollination is a process in which pollen is transferred from the anther to the stigma of the plant. Pollination is the first stage of reproduction and is followed by fertilization, seed dispersal, and germination. In the pollination process, pollinators carry pollen with their long branch like hairs, legs or tummies and when they land on a plant this starts the pollination process and our human benefits.
There are many things that attract a pollinator to plants from their shape, color, scent, signals, structures of the pedal size and vision. The structures of the plant could describe if the pollinator attracts or detracts from the plant. Nectar and pollen are the key offerings that plants use to tempt pollinators once they have landed on the plant. Nectar and pollen grains are sources of energy to many pollinators.
Our society benefits from pollination in many ways, pollinators play a significant role in the production of more than 150 food crops in the United States. When pollen is moved within a flower or carried from one flower to another of the same species, it leads to fertilization to help our plants stay alive. There are many other pollinators like flies, wasps, butterflies and moths, beetles, nocturnal pollinators, and hummingbirds. We should think about the benefits that we receive from these pollinators the next time we try to or kill a fly, wasp or bee.
There are many things we can do to limit our effect on pollination. Our use of…...

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