Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 87–94

Pheromonal covariation and kinship in social beeLasioglossum zephyrum (Hymenoptera: Halictidae)

  • Brian H. Smith
  • John W. Wenzel

DOI: 10.1007/BF01022533

Cite this article as:
Smith, B.H. & Wenzel, J.W. J Chem Ecol (1988) 14: 87. doi:10.1007/BF01022533


Both males and females of the primitively eusocial beeLasioglossum zephyrum can distinguish among female conspecifics with regard to genealogical relationship. Closely related females covary with respect to Dufour's gland pheromone products which are believed to function in individual or kin recognition. This is the first report of a population-wide parallel between similarity of communicative glandular product and genetic similarity.

Key words

Pheromone correlation kinship Dufour's gland social bee Lasioglossum zephyrum Hymenoptera Halictidae lactones 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian H. Smith
    • 1
  • John W. Wenzel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EntomologyUniversity of KansasLawrence
  2. 2.Department of EntomologyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeley

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