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School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences

The Forum: plant and flower shapes


Professor Lars Chittka from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary, University of London discusses how and why bees and other pollinating insects see the shape of flowers. He comments that bees are drawn to symmetry and a flower’s symmetry sets it apart from other objects found in nature. Bees can learn the difference between symmetrical and asymmetrical flowers.

Listen to the programme on BBC World Service (at 8min 35sec).



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