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Long Bee Legs and Oil-Producing Floral Spurs, and a New Rediviva (Hymenoptera, Melittidae; Scrophulariaceae)
Stefan Vogel and Charles D. Michener
Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society
Vol. 58, No. 2 (Apr., 1985), pp. 359-364
Published by: Kansas (Central States) Entomological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25084648
Page Count: 6
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Extraordinarily long forelegs of the female bees, Rediviva emdeorum new species and R. longimanus Michener, are associated with equally long oil-producing floral spurs of Diascia longicornis. The bees visit the flowers, whose oil cannot be reached by ordinary floral visitors. This is as noteworthy as any known case of morphological coevolution of flower and pollinator.
Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society © 1985 Kansas (Central States) Entomological Society