These trees don’t mind getting robbed

By Sarah Zielinski, 13:17 PM July 25, 2014

Plants don’t make flowers just to make me happy, and they don’t make nectar just to feed bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators. Those nectar-filled flowers are there to lure species in where they’ll pick up some of the plant’s pollen and transport it to another flower so the plant can reproduce.

But there are some individuals that horn in on this deal — nectar robbers. These are creatures, usually birds or insects, that take nectar without picking up any pollen, often by drilling into the f...

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