How do bees and other insects help plants grow?


Nicole Verdon   |   Member since 2007  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Pollination is the mechanism by which flowering plants reproduce. The seeds have the potential to grow into mature plants. Bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, flies and even some beetles can carry pollen from one flower to another. For self-pollinating flowers, insects move pollen to the parts of the flower that need it.

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Carl Alldridge   |   Member since 2005  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Herein, why are bees and other insects important for plants?

Pollination is needed for plants to reproduce, and so many plants depend on bees or other insects as pollinators. When a bee collects nectar and pollen from the flower of a plant, some pollen from the stamens—the male reproductive organ of the flower—sticks to the hairs of her body.

One may also ask, how do bees help plants? Bees are perfectly adapted to pollinate, helping plants grow, breed and produce food. They do so by transferring pollen between flowering plants and so keep the cycle of life turning. The vast majority of plants we need for food rely on pollination, especially by bees : from almonds and vanilla and apples to squashes.


Cassandra Coll   |   Member since 2008  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Just so, how do insects help plants grow?

They aerate the soil, pollinate blossoms, and control insect and plant pests. Many insects, especially beetles, are scavengers, feeding on dead animals and fallen trees, thereby recycling nutrients back into the soil. As decomposers, insects help create top soil, the nutrient-rich layer of soil that helps plants grow.


Leanne Callan   |   Member since 2005  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

What is one benefit that pollinators give to flowering plants?

Plants benefit from pollinators because the movement of pollen allows them to reproduce by setting seeds. However, pollinators don't know or care that the plant benefits. They pollinate to get nectar and/or pollen from flowers to meet their energy requirements and to produce offspring.


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Gloria Clarke   |   Member since 2011  |  ✔ Verified

Why are honey bees so important?

Why bees are important. Globally there are more honey bees than other types of bee and pollinating insects, so it is the world's most important pollinator of food crops. In addition, honey bees play a significant role in the pollination of other important crops such as cotton and flax.


Caydence Gaynor   |   Member since 2020  |  ✔ Verified

Why do we need pollinators?

Pollination is mutually beneficial to plants and to pollinators. Pollination results in the production of seeds and is necessary for many plants to reproduce. Sugary nectar provides pollinators with carbohydrates while pollen offers proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and necessary phytochemicals.


Matt Rixon   |   Member since 2017  |  ✔ Verified

What bugs help plants grow?

You can learn about what they prey on, what habitat they are suited for, plants that attract the beneficial insects, and typical costs.Ladybug. Preys: aphids, whitefly, mites, fleas, Colorado potato beetle. Praying Mantis. Spiders. Ground Beetles. Aphid Midges. Braconid Wasps. Damsel Bugs. Green Lacewings.


Carina Lloyd   |   Member since 2013  |  ✔ Verified

What would happen without pollinators?

We may lose all the plants that bees pollinate, all of the animals that eat those plants and so on up the food chain. Which means a world without bees could struggle to sustain the global human population of 7 billion.


Erica Aldridge   |   Member since 2005  |  ✔ Verified

How can we save insects in our environment?

Organic fertilizers (e.g., manure, compost from kitchen) favors insects. Check Beyond Pesticides for the least toxic control of pests in your home. Leave areas with natural ground covers (e.g., leaves) in your backyard. Buy organic cotton clothes, sheets, and towels.


Bernadette Shepherd   |   Member since 2013  |  ✔ Verified

How are pollinators important?

Pollinators are vital to creating and maintaining the habitats and ecosystems that many animals rely on for food and shelter. Worldwide, over half the diet of fats and oils comes from crops pollinated by animals. They facilitate the reproduction in 90% of the world's flowering plants.


Britney Talbot   |   Member since 2012  |  ✔ Verified

What are the most important pollinators?

Major agricultural pollinators include:Wild honey bees. Native honey bees are the most commonly known pollinator. Managed bees. Wild honey bees are not the only pollinating bee species. Bumble bees. Other bee species. Butterflies. Moths. Wasps. Other Insects.


Melody Ward   |   Member since 2018  |  ✔ Verified

How important are honey bees to our environment?

Pollination. Bees earn their reputation as busy workers by pollinating billions of plants each year, including millions of agricultural crops. In fact, pollinators like bees play a key role in one out of every three bites of food we eat. Without them, many plants we rely on for food would die off.


Anthony Truscott   |   Member since 2013  |  ✔ Verified

Why are entomologists important?

Professional entomologists contribute to the betterment of humankind by detecting the role of insects in the spread of disease and discovering ways of protecting food and fiber crops, and livestock from being damaged. They study the way beneficial insects contribute to the well being of humans, animals, and plants.


Jaylene Samuel   |   Member since 2008  |  ✔ Verified

How do insects benefit humans?

Insects provide useful services to mankind and the environment in a number of ways. They keep pest insects in check, pollinate crops we rely on as food, and act as sanitation experts, cleaning up waste so that the world doesn't become overrun with dung Visit the links below to learn more!


Logan Potts   |   Member since 2007  |  ✔ Verified

Are bugs good for plants?

Ladybugs are probably the most well-known of all the beneficial bugs in the garden. Part of the reason they are beneficial is that they eat quite a few of the bad bugs. Their larvae don't harm your plants while being born and will eventually eat more bugs too.


Lucas Dwyer   |   Member since 2008  |  ✔ Verified

What are examples of pollinators?

Pollinators are animals of all types that visit flowers and take away their pollen. Pollen is a sex cell of plants. Insects - such as honey bees and wasps - and other animals - such as birds, rodents, monkeys, and even humans - are all examples of pollinators.


Nicole Coleman   |   Member since 2008  |  ✔ Verified

What are the two things insects obtain from flowers?

Within their blooms, plants produce ovules and pollen, which both contain genetic material that must be combined in order to create seeds. The seeds have the potential to grow into mature plants. Bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, flies and even some beetles can carry pollen from one flower to another.


Benny Warden   |   Member since 2017  |  ✔ Verified

What do pollinators get in return?

Pollinators obtain food in the form of energy-rich nectar and/or protein-rich pollen from the flowers they visit. In return, the pollinated flowers are able to develop and produce seed.


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