Bees, Wasps and Ants form the insect order Hymenoptera but which two are most closely related?
a) Bees and Wasps
b) Wasps and Ants
c) Bees and Ants
It wasn’t until 2013 that a group of scientists in California answered this long running puzzle. They collected the DNA from hundreds of specimens and sequenced the genomes. The result was unexpected. They discovered that the wasps diverged from a common ancestor at an early stage. The ants and bees continued to evolve together for some time before separating so the answer is, somewhat surprisingly, c) Bees and Ants are most closely related.
Taken from this week’s #CreteNature Blog: Old School Spiders and Killer Spuds