Part of many plant’s reproductive cycle is to reproduce itself through pollination and the development of seeds. There are a variety of ways with this occurs including self pollination (abiotic) and with the help of other organisms (biotic)

Self pollination. Only a few plants such as grasses are able to reproduce without animal assistance. The vast majority of these plants do so with the help of the wind. The other way plants reproduce without animal assistance is in water.

Pollination with the help of other organisms is the most common method. While the majority of pollinators are insects such as bees, other pollinators include vertebrates such as bats and birds. Other common insects include wasps, beetles, butterflies, flies, and sometimes ants.

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