The Pollination Honeypot

A honeybee gathers nectar from a flower at a farm in the western Austrian village of Seefeld on May 14, 2013.

Gifts of flowers can help humans in matters of the birds and the bees. However, flowers themselves often need reproductive help from birds and bees, not to mention bats, moths, lizards and primates.

Honeybees hog the spotlight of pollination fame, but many other species also help flowers find true love, or at least a few grains of pollen. These animals move pollen from one flower to another, fertilizing them, which allows them to form seeds.

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