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Be a Flower Spy!
Fresh smelling flowers in all colors of the rainbow brighten up our gardens.
They are also up to some very important business: they are reproducing! The
fact that they can't move from place to place like animals leaves them with a
problem. They need help! Find out who the flowers' "partners in crime" are
by being a flower spy!
What you need:
Watch
Pencil or pen
Paper
What you do:
1. Draw a chart like the one below. Leave room for 6 different flowers to be
charted.
2. Find a patch of flowers of different types and colors. You can do this in
your garden or at the local park. A sunny day in late spring or early
summer will work best.
3. Sit down next to the flowers that you want to observe. Choose one type of
flower and observe it for 10 minutes. Be very quiet and still. During that
time, observe and write down which animals visit the flower and the num-
ber of times that they visit. Every time it lands on the flower, it is counted
as one visit. After 10 minutes, choose a different color flower and repeat!
4. Record other observations as notes on the chart.
5. After an hour, look at the evidence you've collected. Can you make any
conclusions about the kind of animals that are helping the different types
of flowers? Does it have anything to do with color or scent?
What did you find out? Are you a good flower spy?
Adapted from:
Be a Flower Spy, by Lauri Kubuitsile
http://www.education.com/activity/article/Flower_Spy_middle/
Color of flower
Does it have
a nice scent?
Insect or animal that visits it
Number
of visits
97