Université de Neuchâtel

Why do leafcutter bees cut leaves? New insights into the early evolution of bees

Litman, Jessica R. ; Danforth, Bryan N. ; Eardley, Connal D. ; Praz, Christophe J.

In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 2011, vol. 278, no. 1724, p. 3593-3600

Stark contrasts in clade species diversity are reported across the tree of life and are especially conspicuous when observed in closely related lineages. The explanation for such disparity has often been attributed to the evolution of key innovations that facilitate colonization of new ecological niches. The factors underlying diversification in bees remain poorly explored. Bees are thought to...