Egg-marking pheromones in honey-bees Apis mellifera

  title={Egg-marking pheromones in honey-bees Apis mellifera},
  author={B. Oldroyd and F. Ratnieks and T. Wossler},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  • B. Oldroyd, F. Ratnieks, T. Wossler
  • Published 2002
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • they take exception to our citing their work (KatzavGozansky et al. 1997) in stating that the “chemical composition of Dufour’s gland secretions differs between queens and normal laying workers” (Oldroyd and Ratnieks 2000). Second, they point out that the Dufour’s gland may not be the site of synthesis of the hypothesised egg-marking pheromone, and indeed that this pheromone may not be secreted by the Dufour’s gland. Here we argue that: (1) there is strong evidence that a queen-produced egg… CONTINUE READING
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