Guest writer for Wake Up World
Many plants produce offspring (seeds) via the transfer of pollen from the male of one flower to the female stigma of another. While wind and water can transfer pollen to some extent, and some plants are self-pollinating, animal pollinators are the primary route of pollen transfer for most plants — including those we depend on for food.
The pollination process is quite incredible, really, carried out by certain birds, butterflies, bats, moths and bees (along with some other animals like honey possums.) When the pollinator feeds from a flower, the pollen attaches to its body and then deposits on another flower during the pollinator’s next stop.
When examined more closely, however, there are even more details to this process that make it that much more amazing…