Convergent evolution: floral guides, stingless bee nest entrances, and insectivorous pitchers

@article{Biesmeijer2005ConvergentEF,
  title={Convergent evolution: floral guides, stingless bee nest entrances, and insectivorous pitchers},
  author={Jacobus Christiaan Biesmeijer and Martin Giurfa and Dirk Koedam and Simon Geoffrey Potts and Daniel M. Joel and Amots Dafni},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2005},
  volume={92},
  pages={444-450}
}
Several recent hypotheses, including sensory drive and sensory exploitation, suggest that receiver biases may drive selection of biological signals in the context of sexual selection. Here we suggest that a similar mechanism may have led to convergence of patterns in flowers, stingless bee nest entrances, and pitchers of insectivorous plants. A survey of these non-related visual stimuli shows that they share features such as stripes, dark centre, and peripheral dots. Next, we experimentally… CONTINUE READING
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