fossil bee in amber 100 my Myanmar with pollen

Close up view of pollen caught in hairs.

An image of the bifurcated scape on one of the bee’s antenna, a feature not seen in any known fossil or living bee. The scape, the first antenna segment, is labeled “Sc” and appears to bifurcate — divide into two branches — with one side ending as a small spur, labeled “S.” Other labeled *parts* are “T” for torulus (basal socket joint that allows antenna movement), “R” for radicle (antenna joint attached to the head), and “P” for pedicle (antenna segment that creates an elbow-like joint with the scape). Image via George Poinar, Jr. / BioOne Complete.

February 17, 2020

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