In summer, ground temperatures rise, encouraging many arctic flowers to bloom. However, with the short growing season it can take as long as two years for the plants to set seed. A variety of colourful tundra flowers, including the Arctic poppy and mountain avens are pollinated by butterflies and bumble bees. A red-spotted bluethroat catches a series of insects, and takes them back to its nest. Many birds come to the Arctic to rear their young and exploit the feast of insects and 24 hour daylight.
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