Evolutionary Ecology

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 236–241

Hypothesis on adaptive features of the compound eye of bees: Flower-specific specializations

  • A. Dafni
  • P. G. Kevan

DOI: 10.1007/BF01237770

Cite this article as:
Dafni, A. & Kevan, P.G. Evol Ecol (1995) 9: 236. doi:10.1007/BF01237770


This note surveys the current knowledge of the existence of acute zones in insects' eyes in relation to beeflower interactions.

We suggest some broad generalizations correlating the size, use, structure and presentation of flowers with the foraging behaviour, body size and eye design of bees.

Special emphasis is given to the differences between small and large bees and the architecture of flowers that they use.


bees compound eye insect vision flower form 

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© Chapman & Hall 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Dafni
    • 1
  • P. G. Kevan
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of EvolutionHaifa UniversityHaifaIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Environmental BiologyUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

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