Colour in Flowers not due to Insects


THE doctrine that the conspicuous colours of flowers are entirely due to the necessity for cross-fertilisation by the agency of insects seems to be taking the world by storm. It is supported by Mr. Darwin and Sir John Lubbock. It could scarcely be put forward on better authority. Yet there are several facts with which it does not harmonise. For instance—

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MOTT, F. Colour in Flowers not due to Insects. Nature 10, 503 (1874).

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