Species-specific attraction to pheromonal analogues in orchid bees

  title={Species-specific attraction to pheromonal analogues in orchid bees},
  author={Y. Zimmermann and D. Roubik and T. Eltz},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  • Y. Zimmermann, D. Roubik, T. Eltz
  • Published 2006
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • Male orchid bees (Euglossini) collect fragrances from flowers and other natural sources, a behaviour that has shaped the euglossine pollination syndrome. Males store such chemicals in hind leg pouches and later expose them during courtship display. In the present study, we show that complex bouquets of two sympatric species of Eulaema, E. meriana and E. bombiformis, are chemically distinct. When exposed during bioassays at display perches individual hind leg extracts rapidly and consistently… CONTINUE READING
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