Smelling like resin: terpenoids account for species-specific cuticular profiles in Southeast-Asian stingless bees

@article{Leonhardt2009SmellingLR,
  title={Smelling like resin: terpenoids account for species-specific cuticular profiles in Southeast-Asian stingless bees},
  author={Sara D Leonhardt and Nico Bl{\"u}thgen and Thomas Schmitt},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2009},
  volume={56},
  pages={157-170}
}
Insects may be unique in having a cuticle with a species-specific chemical profile. In social insects, colony survival depends not only on species-specific but also on colony-specific cuticular compounds with hydrocarbons playing an important role in the communication systems of ants, termites, wasps and bees. We investigated inter- and intraspecific differences in the composition of compounds found on the body surface of seven paleotropical stingless bee species (Apidae: Meliponini) at two… CONTINUE READING
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