Antennal response to fragrance compounds in male orchid bees

  title={Antennal response to fragrance compounds in male orchid bees},
  author={Thomas Eltz and Klaus Lunau},
Male orchid bees (Euglossini) are attracted to floral and non-floral odours, which they collect and accumulate in hind tibial cavities for subsequent exposure during courtship. Fragrance preferences are species-specific, leading to relatively specialised pollination of euglossophilous plants. We tested the hypothesis that preferences for attractive compounds have led to species-specific sensory adaptations that are measurable by electroantennography (EAG). All of 16 synthetic fragrance… CONTINUE READING
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