Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 27, Issue 5, pp 919–926

Task-Related Chemical Analysis of Labial Gland Volatile Secretion in Worker Honeybees (Apis mellifera ligustica)

  • Tamar Katzav-Gozansky
  • Victoria Soroker
  • Armin Ionescu
  • Gene E. Robinson
  • Abraham Hefetz
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1010330902388

Cite this article as:
Katzav-Gozansky, T., Soroker, V., Ionescu, A. et al. J Chem Ecol (2001) 27: 919. doi:10.1023/A:1010330902388

Abstract

Chemical analyses revealed that the labial gland complex of worker honeybees possesses a series of hydrocarbons dominated by odd-numbered carbon chain alkanes along with minor amounts of alkenes and branched alkanes. Foragers contained significantly more secretion than nurse bees. Experiments with bees from colonies induced to have a division of labor independent of age revealed that the differences in the amount of secretion were task, but not age dependent.

Honeybeeslabial glandsexocrine glandssecretionhydrocarbonsforager beestask specificity.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tamar Katzav-Gozansky
    • 1
  • Victoria Soroker
    • 1
  • Armin Ionescu
    • 1
  • Gene E. Robinson
    • 2
  • Abraham Hefetz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Zoology, George S. Wise Faculty of Life SciencesTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Department of EntomologyUniversity of IllinoisUrbana