The evolution of a pollen diet: Host choice and diet breadth of Andrena bees (Hymenoptera: Andrenidae)

@article{Larkin2011TheEO,
  title={The evolution of a pollen diet: Host choice and diet breadth of Andrena bees (Hymenoptera: Andrenidae)},
  author={Leah L. Larkin and J. L. Neff and B. Simpson},
  journal={Apidologie},
  year={2011},
  volume={39},
  pages={133-145}
}
  • Leah L. Larkin, J. L. Neff, B. Simpson
  • Published 2011
  • Biology
  • Apidologie
  • We investigate of two aspects of pollen diet of Andrena bees: the evolution of diet breadth within nearctic representatives of the genus, which includes both polylectic and oligolectic species; and host choice within an oligolectic clade of Andrena. We also evaluate phenology. Traits were mapped onto a molecular phylogeny to identify the ancestral character states. Overall, oligolecty appears to be the basal state within Andrena, and broader diets have evolved a number of times, suggesting that… CONTINUE READING
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