Visual Adaptations for Mate Detection in the Male Carpenter Bee Xylocopa tenuiscapa

  title={Visual Adaptations for Mate Detection in the Male Carpenter Bee Xylocopa tenuiscapa},
  author={Hema Somanathan and R. Borges and E. Warrant and A. Kelber},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  • Hema Somanathan, R. Borges, +1 author A. Kelber
  • Published 2017
  • Biology, Medicine
  • PLoS ONE
  • Sexual dimorphism in eye structure is attributed to sexual selection in animals that employ vision for locating mates. In many male insects, large eyes and eye regions of higher acuity are believed to facilitate the location of females. Here, we compare various features of male and female eyes in three sympatric carpenter bee species, which include two diurnal species (Xylocopa tenuiscapa and X. leucothorax) as well as a nocturnal species (X. tranquebarica). In X. tenuiscapa, males have larger… CONTINUE READING
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