One of the most important processes for us as human beings is the process of pollination. This ensures that plants create seeds, which we often eat, and are enormously important for survival. Many people underestimate the importance of flying creatures in pollination, but if these creatures did not exist, it would be very difficult for us to grow crops in a successful way.
The process of pollination is fascinating, and if you look at plants, and the animals that pollinate them, it is particularly fascinating to see how the plants have just the right size tube to accommodate bugs. This is something that evolution has developed over time, and it is a really remarkable example of science at work.
It is not just the usual bees that are responsible for pollination, but bats are also animals that pollinate. They fly up to larger flowers and have bristles on their tongue which they use to collect nectar. As they do this, pollen also gets stuck to them and when they take it to another flower, that flower receives the pollen and goes to seed.
It is not just nectar the bats eat, but they also consume many other bugs as they fly around. It is estimated that in a single evening a bat can consume thousands of small insects, many of which are particularly harmful to plants. This means that that some of the most environmentally friendly animals that are around, as not only are they pollinating the plants, but they are also helping to keep them healthy by removing bugs from their leaves.
Of course, bees are one of the most common bugs responsible for pollination. Unlike bats, these bees work in the day, and are particularly attracted to very colourful flowers. If you have lots of flowers in your garden, you are certainly going to see lots of bees around.