What is the function of flower petals?


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The main function of flower petals is to attract pollinators such as butterflies, bees and bats. Flower petals typically have bright and vivid colors which assist in pollination by drawing the attention of insects, birds and animals. Some petals have markings, such as spots and stripes, to help pollinators find the pollen in the flower.

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What is the function of flower petals?
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Pollination is the means of reproduction in flowers. Pollinating insects, birds and animals hover over petals to gather pollen. This helps in the process of pollination. Some flowers have large, attractive blooms that release heavy scent. Other flower petals attract insects for food. Carnivorous plants use their petals to capture and absorb nutrition from insects. Examples of insect-eating plants are Venus flytrap and pitcher plants.

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