Do Bee Wings Adapt for Flight in Urban Environments?

Deanna E. Beasley, Jacquelyn L. Fitzgerald, Alison Fowler, Kirsten Keleher, Margarita Maria Lopez-Uribe, Robert R. Dunn

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Abstract

Understanding how organisms respond to urban-associated environmental changes is key to protecting vulnerable species. Bees, in particular, have gained interest due to their economic and ecological roles. We used a geometric morphometric approach to describe changes in wing shape and size in the solitary bee Andrena barbara (Barbara's Miner) collected across an urban landscape. We found that, although the wing morphology suggests a limited dispersal ability in its short and narrow frame, the urban landscape did not significantly explain how wing shape or size vary. Our findings are consistent with other studies that show little variation in wing morphology in urban solitary bees, and suggests that urban habitats may potentially serve an important role in bee conservation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-191
Number of pages9
JournalSoutheastern Naturalist
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2019

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wing morphology
bee
Apoidea
flight
solitary bees
Andrena
Barbara
environmental change
economics
organisms
habitats
urban landscape

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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Beasley, D. E., Fitzgerald, J. L., Fowler, A., Keleher, K., Lopez-Uribe, M. M., & Dunn, R. R. (2019). Do Bee Wings Adapt for Flight in Urban Environments? Southeastern Naturalist, 18(2), 183-191. https://doi.org/10.1656/058.018.0210
Beasley, Deanna E. ; Fitzgerald, Jacquelyn L. ; Fowler, Alison ; Keleher, Kirsten ; Lopez-Uribe, Margarita Maria ; Dunn, Robert R. / Do Bee Wings Adapt for Flight in Urban Environments?. In: Southeastern Naturalist. 2019 ; Vol. 18, No. 2. pp. 183-191.
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Beasley, DE, Fitzgerald, JL, Fowler, A, Keleher, K, Lopez-Uribe, MM & Dunn, RR 2019, 'Do Bee Wings Adapt for Flight in Urban Environments?', Southeastern Naturalist, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 183-191. https://doi.org/10.1656/058.018.0210

Do Bee Wings Adapt for Flight in Urban Environments? / Beasley, Deanna E.; Fitzgerald, Jacquelyn L.; Fowler, Alison; Keleher, Kirsten; Lopez-Uribe, Margarita Maria; Dunn, Robert R.

In: Southeastern Naturalist, Vol. 18, No. 2, 01.05.2019, p. 183-191.

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