Alarm substances of the stingless bee, Trigona silvestriana

L. K. Johnson, L. W. Haynes, Mark Alan Carlson, H. A. Fortnum, D. L. Gorgas

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Abstract

2-Nonanol, 2-heptanol, octyl decanoate, and octyl octanoate were identified from the heads of Trigona silvestriana workers. When presented at the nest, 2-nonanol, 2-heptanol, and the mixture of the four compounds elicited angular flights, landing, and buzzing of guard bees. Octyl octanoate elicited a weaker response. No response was given to octyl decanoate, to the ether solvent, or to the control volatile, vanillin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-416
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Chemical Ecology
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 1985

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Keywords

  • 2-heptanol
  • 2-nonanol
  • Alarm substances
  • Apidae
  • Hymenoptera
  • Meliponinae
  • Trigona silvestriana
  • mandibular gland
  • nest defense
  • stingless bees

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biochemistry

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Johnson, L. K., Haynes, L. W., Carlson, M. A., Fortnum, H. A., & Gorgas, D. L. (1985). Alarm substances of the stingless bee, Trigona silvestriana. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 11(4), 409-416. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00989552

Alarm substances of the stingless bee, Trigona silvestriana. / Johnson, L. K.; Haynes, L. W.; Carlson, Mark Alan; Fortnum, H. A.; Gorgas, D. L.

In: Journal of Chemical Ecology, Vol. 11, No. 4, 01.04.1985, p. 409-416.

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Johnson, LK, Haynes, LW, Carlson, MA, Fortnum, HA & Gorgas, DL 1985, 'Alarm substances of the stingless bee, Trigona silvestriana', Journal of Chemical Ecology, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 409-416. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00989552
Johnson, L. K. ; Haynes, L. W. ; Carlson, Mark Alan ; Fortnum, H. A. ; Gorgas, D. L. / Alarm substances of the stingless bee, Trigona silvestriana. In: Journal of Chemical Ecology. 1985 ; Vol. 11, No. 4. pp. 409-416.
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