Description of an ancient social bee trapped in amber using diagnostic radioentomology

Mark K Greco, P M Welz, M Siegrist, S J Ferguson, P Gallmann, D W Roubik, M S Engel

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Abstract

The application of non-invasive imaging technologies using X-radiation (diagnostic radioentomology, ‘DR’) is demonstrated for the study of amber-entombed social bees. Here, we examine the external and internal morphology of an Early Miocene (Burdigalian) stingless bee (Apinae: Meliponini) from the Dominican Republic using non-destructive X-ray microtomography analysis. The study permits the accurate reconstruction of features otherwise obscured or impossible to visualize without destroying the sample and allows diagnosis of the specimen as a new species, Proplebeia adbita Greco and Engel.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-494
Number of pages8
JournalInsectes Sociaux
Volume58
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011

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