Avian diet and visual perception suggests avian predation selects for color pattern mimicry in bumble bees

@inproceedings{Maddux2015AvianDA,
  title={Avian diet and visual perception suggests avian predation selects for color pattern mimicry in bumble bees},
  author={John Michael Maddux},
  year={2015}
}
Bumble bees (Bombus) are purported members of Mullerian and Batesian mimicry groups. Mimicry theory, as it pertains to bumble bees, is based on observations of color pattern similarity among species and the apparent aposematic nature of these patterns. Despite the fact that bumble bees and their mimics appear to fit the theoretical requirements of a mimicry complex, little empirical or experimental evidence exists to support the hypothesis that bumble bees are participants in complex mimicry… CONTINUE READING

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