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Attracting Pollinators

From: Marfa Public Radio
Series: Nature Notes
Length: 04:30

Animals and insects aren’t being altruistic when they pollinate a plant. So how do plants attract and reward them for their services?

Hummingbird-pollination-sma_small Butterflies throng golden lantana, bees swarm fragrant agarita, and hummingbirds sip from red yucca. These couplings aren’t accidental. They’re the result of marketing wizardry, with each plant vying for the attention of specific passersby who will help it reproduce. How do plants attract pollinators?

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Piece Description

Butterflies throng golden lantana, bees swarm fragrant agarita, and hummingbirds sip from red yucca. These couplings aren’t accidental. They’re the result of marketing wizardry, with each plant vying for the attention of specific passersby who will help it reproduce. How do plants attract pollinators?

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Big Sky (Reprise) Dan Gibson, Bill Brennan, Rob Piltch Country Retreat. Solitudes 2000 :00

Additional Credits

Host Dallas Baxter. Written by Megan Wilde. Interview with Karen Little, biology lab manager at Sul Ross State University.

Related Website

http://www.marfapublicradio.org/nature-notes/attracting-pollinators/?preview=true&preview_id=1225&preview_nonce=119fd662d3