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Ocellar adaptations for dim light vision in a nocturnal bee

Berry, Richard; Wcislo, William T; Warrant, Eric


Growing evidence indicates that insect ocelli are strongly adapted to meet the specific functional requirements in the environment in which that insect lives. We investigated how the ocelli of the nocturnal bee Megalopta genalis are adapted to life in the dim understory of a tropical rainforest. Using a combination of light microscopy and three-dimensional reconstruction, we found that the retinae contain bar-shaped rhabdoms loosely arranged in a radial pattern around multi-layered lenses, and...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Experimental Biology
DOI: 10.1242/jeb.050427


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