Is the postpharyngeal gland of a solitary digger wasp homologous to ants? Evidence from chemistry and physiology

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The postpharyngeal gland (PPG) was thought to be restricted to ants where it serves a crucial function in the generation of the colony odour. Recently, head glands that closely resemble the PPG of ants were discovered in females of a solitary digger wasp, the European beewolf. The function of this gland necessarily differs from ants: beewolf females apply… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s00040-010-0083-4

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@inproceedings{Strohm2010IsTP, title={Is the postpharyngeal gland of a solitary digger wasp homologous to ants? Evidence from chemistry and physiology}, author={Erhard Strohm and Martin Kaltenpoth and Gudrun A. Herzner}, booktitle={Insectes Sociaux}, year={2010} }