Phylogeny and host-plant evolution in Melittidae s.l. (Hymenoptera: Apoidea)

  title={Phylogeny and host-plant evolution in Melittidae s.l. (Hymenoptera: Apoidea)},
  author={Denis Michez and S{\'e}bastien Patiny and Pierre Rasmont and Kim Timmermann and Nicolas J. Vereecken},
Bees and the angiosperms they pollinate have developed intimate and often complex interactions over the past 100 million years. As in other insect-plant interactions, host-plant specificity is variable among taxa. While many solitary bee species display an obvious preference for a narrow spectrum of host-plants (oligolecty), others regularly visit a diversified array of pollen hosts (polylecty). Few studies have examined the patterns of host-plant associations in bees using well-resolved… 
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  • A. Müller
  • Environmental Science
    Alpine Entomology
  • 2018
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