, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 425-434

Nasonov pheromone of the honey bee,Apis mellifera L. (Hymenoptera: Apidae)

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Composition of the Nasonov pheromone of the honey bee has been reexamined using new procedures, including analysis of pheromone from single live insects by capillary column GC-MS. Two new components have been identified, nerol and (E,E)-farnesol, and the presence of components proposed previously has been confirmed. Absolute amounts or relative proportions of components in the pheromonal secretion have been determined.