Task-related chemical analysis of labial gland volatile secretion in worker honeybees (Apis mellifera ligustica)

Tamar Katzav-Gozansky*, Victoria Soroker, Armin Ionescu, Gene E. Robinson, Abraham Hefetz

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)919-926
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Chemical Ecology
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

Funding

FundersFunder number
Israel academy of Science and Humanities to Abraham Hefetz
National Institutes of Health
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication DisordersR01DC003008
Israel Science Foundation

    Keywords

    • Exocrine glands
    • Forager bees
    • Honeybees
    • Hydrocarbons
    • Labial glands
    • Secretion
    • Task specificity

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