"All variations which render the blossoms more attractive, either

by scent, color, size of corolla, or quantity of nectar, make the

insect visit more sure, and therefore the production of seed more

likely. Thus, the conspicuous blossoms secure descendants which

inherit the special variations of their parents, and so,

generation after generation, we have selections in favor of

conspicuous flowers, where insects are at work. Their

appreciation of color, because it has brought the blossom

possessing it more immediately into their view, and more surely

under their attention, has enabled them, through the ages, to be

preparing the specimens upon which man now operates, he taking up

the work where they have left it, selecting, inoculating, and

hybridizing, according to his own rules of taste, and developing

a beauty which insects alone could never have evolved. His are

the finishing touches, his the apparent effects, yet no less is

it true, that the results of his floriculture would never have

been attainable without insect helpers. It is equally certain,

that the beautiful perfume, and the nectar also, are, in their

present development, the outcome of repeated insect selection,

and here, it seems to me, we get an inkling of a deep mystery:

Why is life, in all its forms, so dependent upon the fusion of

two individual elements? Is it not, that thus the door of

progress has been opened? If each alone had reproduced, itself

all-in-all, advance would have been impossible, the insect and

human florists and pomologists, like the improvers of animal

races, would have had no platform for their operation, and not

only the forms of life, but life itself would have been

stereotyped unalterably, ever mechanically giving repetition to

identical phenomena." - Frank R. Cheshire in "Bees and


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