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Flowers and Pollinators

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A species of plant can have purple or red flowers. The pollinators in the ecosystem are bees and moths. The bees feed from the purple flowers but not the red flowers. The moths are attracted to the red flowers but do not approach the purple.

Which of the following outcomes is MOST likely?

A

The bee population and the moth population will eventually start feeding from both colored flowers.

B

The purple flowered individuals and the red flowered individuals will form two different populations and in time two different species.

C

The purple flowered plants will increase in numbers over time and outcompete the red flowered plants.

D

The red flowered plants will be more resistant to environmental pressures and will diversify.