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Scientists uncover the genetic pathway that colors bumble bee stripes

Still Waters

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While most people in the U.S. may think of bumble bees as the standard yellow and black variety, there are an estimated 260 bee species that sport about 400 different color patterns. One reason many people associate bumble bees with distinct colors is because evolution can influence multiple bee species to share similar color patterns in specific geographic regions, which scientists call mimicry.

When multiple species mimic each other's patterns they alert would-be predators in a certain area that when they see these colors, a painful sting may follow. In other places of the world, bees use a palette of blacks, oranges, reds, yellows and whites to create that shared warning signal.

Now, researchers are finding out more about the role that evolutionary genetics plays in shaping the distinctive color patterns that give different bee species their regional flare.


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1 hour ago, Still Waters said:

Scientists uncover the genetic pathway that colors bumble bee stripes.

Ok, but.....


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