Species- and Caste-Determined Mandibular Gland Signals in Honeybees (Apis)

@article{Plettner2004SpeciesAC,
  title={Species- and Caste-Determined Mandibular Gland Signals in Honeybees (Apis)},
  author={Erika Plettner and Gard W. Otis and Priyantha D. C. Wimalaratne and Mark L. Winston and Keith N. Slessor and Tanya Pankiw and P. W. K. Punchihewa},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
  year={2004},
  volume={23},
  pages={363-377}
}
Queens and workers of five honeybee species (Apis mellifera A. cerana A. dorsata A. floreaand A. andreniformis) were analyzed for their mandibular gland components. In A. melliferathe queen mandibular pheromone consists of 9-hydroxy- and 9-keto-2(E)-decenoic acids. (9-HDA and ODA), methyl p-hydroxybenzoate (HOB), and 4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl-ethanol (HVA), and is responsible for retinue attraction, among other functions. In retinue bioassays with workers of A. cerana (whose queens lack HVA… CONTINUE READING
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