Flower color has evolved to attract bees as pollinators in subtropical and steep mountain environments, a new study shows.
Previous studies have shown that flower color evolved to attract bees as pollinators in temperate environments, but the story for either subtropical or steep mountainous environments had been unknown.
“The finding was a surprise as flies are thought to be the main pollinator in many mountain regions, but it appears that in the Himalayas several bee species are also active at high altitude, and these insects have been such effective pollinators that they have led to the evolution of distinctive bee-friendly colors,” says Mani Shrestha of Monash University.
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