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Lettuce

Lactuca sativa

Description:

These lettuce plants are a couple of years old and are going to seed. The plant's with the flowers are about 5 feet tall and have a bunch of yellow flowers and flower buds. The leaves are a lot smaller than the newer lettuce plants that have larger leaves on the bottom of their stalks.

Habitat:

The lettuce is planted in the school garden and gets full sun.

Notes:

This plant was chosen by a 5th-grade group at John G (The Pink Butterflies). These are the questions based on their observations: 1. Why are the flowers yellow? 2. We saw a very small white bug and a jumping spider on the plant. What is the jumping spider doing? 3. Are jumping spiders pollinators?

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2 Comments

tacticalbee
tacticalbee 6 months ago

Those jumping spiders are really cool. Did you know spiders eat insects? 😳 Do you think that helps or hurts the plant? Just jumping in there could help spread the pollen, How? What makes a good pollinator? Do you think a spider can plinate a plant?

tacticalbee
tacticalbee 6 months ago

🌼 color is determined by the DNA of the plant, but a plants color evolved to be as attractive as possible to the insects that will pollinate it. Some insects can only see certain colors, so a plant needs to be seen by the insects in order to get some attention (moving the pollen around).

Covington, Kentucky, United States

Spotted on Jul 8, 2021
Submitted on Jul 9, 2021

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