OIL FLOWERS AND OIL BEES: FURTHER EVIDENCE FOR POLLINATOR ADAPTATION

@article{Steiner1991OILFA,
  title={OIL FLOWERS AND OIL BEES: FURTHER EVIDENCE FOR POLLINATOR ADAPTATION},
  author={K. Steiner and V. Whitehead},
  journal={Evolution},
  year={1991},
  volume={45}
}
We examined foreleg length and body size variation in two species of oil‐collecting bees (Rediviva; Melittidae) in southern Africa. Oil‐collecting bees harvest oil from host flowers by rubbing their forelegs against oil‐secreting trichomes. Significant differences in foreleg length occur among populations of both species. Rediviva “pallidula” populations vary significantly in mean foreleg length (11.34 ± 0.42 mm to 12.67 ± 0.36 mm), but not in body length (10.59 ± 0.74 to 10.80 ± 0.64), and… Expand
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