Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 463–470

Bioassay of compounds derived from the honeybee sting

  • Anita M. Collins
  • Murray S. Blum


Nine compounds identified from honeybee,Apis mettifera L., sting extracts and one compound identified from the honeybee mandibular gland were evaluated in a standardized laboratory test for their effectiveness in eliciting an alarm response from caged honeybees. Two,n-decyl acetate and benzyl alcohol, were judged ineffective as alarm pheromones. The remaining eight—2-nonanol, isopentyl acetate,n-butyl acetate,n-hexyl acetate, benzyl acetate, isopentyl alcohol, andn-octyl acetate from the sting and 2-heptanone from the mandibular gland-produced responses of similar frequency and strength.

Key words

Honeybee Apis mettifera L. Hymenoptera Apidae alarm pheromone isopentyl acetate sting mandibular gland 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anita M. Collins
    • 1
  • Murray S. Blum
    • 2
  1. 1.AR, SEA, USDABee Breeding and Stock Center LaboratoryBaton Rouge
  2. 2.Department of EntomologyUniversity of GeorgiaAthens

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