Bumblebees speed up flowering by piercing plants

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    OK, how did they learn to do that? Or are they just being peevish, intending to damage and punish the plants that aren't delivering the goods?
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Insects and flowering plants have evolved together, sharing a long history

    It will have been natural selection, wherein bees that randomly happened to bite the food source plants had greater success than those that didn't. So that over a long period of time this behavior become predominant in the population. Because of the more successful bees coming to make up the majority or all of the population.
     
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