Moths Are Pollinators Too

BACKGROUND:
Successful pollination depends on pollinators finding the right flowers at the right time. Pollinators locate appropriate flowers by visual and chemical cues. Since the structure of the mouthparts of pollinators differ greatly as do flower structures, the pollinator also has to locate the right type of flower.

OBJECTIVE:
In this activity, students will become hawkmoths and attempt to collect nectar and pollen from flowers while avoiding becoming prey to the predators lurking in the garden. They will investigate the proboscis of the moth as an adaptation allowing it to feed and survive. They also will investigate ways living things interact with each other in the nocturnal garden.

PROCEDURE:
In this activity, students will become hawkmoths and attempt to collect pollen from the
moonflower. While feeding, they also must avoid being eaten by the bats and other
predators in the garden.
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