Formic acid in caustic cephalic secretions of stingless bee,Oxytrigona (Hymenoptera: Apidae)

@article{Roubik2005FormicAI,
  title={Formic acid in caustic cephalic secretions of stingless bee,Oxytrigona (Hymenoptera: Apidae)},
  author={David W. Roubik and B. H. Smith and Robert Gustav Carlson},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
  year={2005},
  volume={13},
  pages={1079-1086}
}
The cephalic extracts of two species in the stingless bee genusOxytrigona were analyzed. Extracts made in diethyl ether, and then derivatized with diphenyldiazomethane, revealed large quantities of formic acid, potentially a major defensive secretion of this stingless bee group. We additionally identify several hydrocarbons, aldehydes, ketones, and acetates. Novel diketones identified by others were detected in both species. 

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