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Nature Notebook

Our early wildflowers are finally blooming and hungry pollinators are ecstatic. Sugar-rich nectar is essential to their survival.

The palettes of pollinators differ between species. Flowers have adapted to produce nectar in concentrations that please particular taste buds. Bees seem to prefer super sweet drinks, hawk-moths like their nectar with a low sugar concentration, and hummingbirds are in-between.

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