Plants try to attract the animals that pollinate them. For example, beetles often pollinate lotus flowers. Lotus flowers also have a strong smell. Many beetles choose flowers with rotten or spicy smells. A lotus flowers’ large petals are also easy for beetles to walk on. Other flowers attract different pollinators like bees. These flowers are cone-shaped. Beetles do not fit well in these flowers.
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Have you seen beetles before? If so, what kinds? If not, where might you find them?
Have you read books about other insects? What do they have in common with beetles? How are they different?
Beetles can be both helpful and harmful. What other animals both help and hurt the world around them?
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