Phylogenomic Insights into the Evolution of Stinging Wasps and the Origins of Ants and Bees

@article{Branstetter2017PhylogenomicII,
  title={Phylogenomic Insights into the Evolution of Stinging Wasps and the Origins of Ants and Bees},
  author={M. Branstetter and B. Danforth and J. Pitts and B. Faircloth and P. S. Ward and M. Buffington and M. Gates and R. Kula and S. Brady},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2017},
  volume={27},
  pages={1019-1025}
}
The stinging wasps (Hymenoptera: Aculeata) are an extremely diverse lineage of hymenopteran insects, encompassing over 70,000 described species and a diversity of life history traits, including ectoparasitism, cleptoparasitism, predation, pollen feeding (bees [Anthophila] and Masarinae), and eusociality (social vespid wasps, ants, and some bees) [1]. The most well-studied lineages of Aculeata are the ants, which are ecologically dominant in most terrestrial ecosystems [2], and the bees, the… Expand
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