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5.01 How can Appearance Help Plants?

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  • 5.01 How can Appearance Help Plants?<p><span style="font-size: 16px;">Here are some photos of flowers that mimic insects</span></p> <table class="s_table s_table_border"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><img src="$IMS-CC-FILEBASE$../resources/mimic2_5758a511a315d.jpg" alt="" width="249" height="249" id="" title="" /></p> </td> <td> <p><img src="$IMS-CC-FILEBASE$../resources/mimic4_5758a526ba804.jpg" alt="" width="190" height="253" id="" title="" /></p> </td> <td rowspan="2"> <p><img src="$IMS-CC-FILEBASE$../resources/mimic3_5758a4eaddbc4.jpg" alt="" width="270" height="270" id="tme_imgModEnabled" title="" /></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><img src="$IMS-CC-FILEBASE$../resources/mimic5_5758a57ee6ee0.jpg" alt="" width="235" height="201" id="" title="" /></p> </td> <td><br /> <p><img src="$IMS-CC-FILEBASE$../resources/insectBee_5758a600a4d9c.jpg" alt="" width="127" height="174" id="" title="" /></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><span style="font-size: 16px;">Why would these plants benefit from their flowers mimicking an insect? Is there any benefit to the insect the flower mimics?</span></p>