DNA barcoding to identify leaf preference of leafcutting bees.

  title={DNA barcoding to identify leaf preference of leafcutting bees.},
  author={James Scott MacIvor},
  journal={Royal Society open science},
  volume={3 3},
Leafcutting bees (Megachile: Megachilidae) cut leaves from various trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses to partition and encase brood cells in hollow plant stems, decaying logs or in the ground. The identification of preferred plant species via morphological characters of the leaf fragments is challenging and direct observation of bees cutting leaves from certain plant species are difficult. As such, data are poor on leaf preference of leafcutting bees. In this study, I use DNA barcoding of… CONTINUE READING
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