Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 425–434

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

Part I. Chemical characterization


  • J. A. Pickett
    • Rothamsted Experimental Station
  • Ingrid H. Williams
    • Rothamsted Experimental Station
  • A. P. Martin
    • Rothamsted Experimental Station
  • M. C. Smith
    • Rothamsted Experimental Station

DOI: 10.1007/BF01402919

Cite this article as:
Pickett, J.A., Williams, I.H., Martin, A.P. et al. J Chem Ecol (1980) 6: 425. doi:10.1007/BF01402919


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.

Key words

Honey bee Apis mellifera pheromone Nasonov pheromone extraction technique GC-MS [13C]-NMR terpenoids

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