Task-Related Chemical Analysis of Labial Gland Volatile Secretion in Worker Honeybees (Apis mellifera ligustica)
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- Katzav-Gozansky, T., Soroker, V., Ionescu, A. et al. J Chem Ecol (2001) 27: 919. doi:10.1023/A:1010330902388
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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.