Sunday, September 4, 2016

Mutualistic Relationship: Bees & Flowers





There are many examples of symbiotic relationships in the wild. They are all vastly different, but one of my favorite is the relationship between bees and flowering plants. Bees don’t intentionally pollinate plants, they do so while collecting pollen to take back to their hives, but the plants still benefit from this because the bees transfer pollen from flower to flower, thus pollinating the plants and cumulating in the formation of seeds.  Bees need pollen in order to survive, the flowers produce pollen but need the pollen from different plants in order to survive as well, so both benefit from the relationship.



Sources:
https://cosmosmagazine.com/social-sciences/symbiosis-when-living-together-win-win
http://www.necsi.edu/projects/evolution/co-evolution/mutualistic/co-evolution_mutualistic.html

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