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Many flowers rely on insects to visit their flowers to carry pollen away and to bring pollen to their flowers. This is known as pollination and is essential for the formation of fruits and seeds. Flowers have evolved to attract pollinating insects, providing nectar as a reward. Pollen and nectar is a food source for insect larvae. Flower colour, shape and scent may also play its part in attracting pollinating insects. Different insects are seen on contrasting flowers.
Explain to the pupils how insects visit flowers to gather food for their young in the form of pollen and nectar.
Look out for insects visiting the flowers and identify the insects from the spotter sheet.
Draw them and/ or take photographs of them on the flower.
Move onto contrasting flower shapes or colours and note the insects that visit these flowers. Is there a marked difference?