Pheromonal covariation and kinship in social beeLasioglossum zephyrum (Hymenoptera: Halictidae)
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- Smith, B.H. & Wenzel, J.W. J Chem Ecol (1988) 14: 87. doi:10.1007/BF01022533
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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.