Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 425–434 | Cite as

Nasonov pheromone of the honey bee,Apis mellifera L. (Hymenoptera: Apidae)

Part I. Chemical characterization
  • J. A. Pickett
  • Ingrid H. Williams
  • A. P. Martin
  • M. C. Smith


Composition of the Nasonov pheromone of the honey bee has been reexamined using new procedures, including analysis of pheromone from single live insects by capillary column GC-MS. Two new components have been identified, nerol and (E,E)-farnesol, and the presence of components proposed previously has been confirmed. Absolute amounts or relative proportions of components in the pheromonal secretion have been determined.

Key words

Honey bee Apis mellifera pheromone Nasonov pheromone extraction technique GC-MS [13C]-NMR terpenoids 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Pickett
    • 1
  • Ingrid H. Williams
    • 1
  • A. P. Martin
    • 1
  • M. C. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Rothamsted Experimental StationHarpendenEngland

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