Fossilized insect from 100 million years ago is oldest record of primitive bee with pollen

February 13, 2020 - General

Beetle parasites clinging to a primitive bee 100 million years ago may have caused the flight error that, while deadly for the insect, is a boon for science today.

100-million-year-old Discoscapa apicula. The bee is carrying four beetle triungulins
[Credit: George Poinar Jr., OSU College of Science]
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The female bee, which became stuck in tree resin and thus preserved in amber,…

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