The Role of Insects
In this page you will read about the role of insects for plants. Plants cannot do certain things which the insect can do for them.......
Role of Insects
Flowering plants reproduce by transferring pollen through a process called pollination. This process requires the transfer of pollen from the anther of one flowering plant to the stigma of another flowering plant. Since plants are immobile, they need to rely upon others so that this transfer can be carried out. Flowers attract insects of all kinds including bees and butterflies through their cents, nectar and bright colors. When the insects come to feed upon the nectar, grains of pollen get attached to their legs and are carried away by the insect. When these insects visit another flower, they shed some of the pollen thus causing pollination. This is called cross pollination and it helps in producing healthy plants.
Most plants which carry out pollination with the help of insects do not pollinate themselves, since they have both anthers and stigmas. Thus the role of insects is very important for the reproduction of most species of flowering plants.