Sunday, July 27, 2008

Close encounters of flower and insect kingdoms!

More than 130 million years ago, the ‘co-evolution’ process triggered encounters between flowering plants and insects benefiting both. Flowers evolved into attractive shapes and petals with stunning colours… as a center of attraction. Petals also served as a convenient place of landing for insects like bees, wasps to enjoy nutritious nectar offered to them. Insects have adjusted their mouth parts and other organs to accommodate the offers given by plants. Those guests acted as pollinators, helped evolution and spread of flowering plants. Amazing co-existence through evolution!

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