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Exocrine secretions of bees X. 3,7-Dimethyldeca-2,6-dien-1,10-diol: A sex-specific compound fromNomada annulata (Hymenoptera: Anthophoridae).

Authors
  • Duffield, R M
  • Simon-Jordan, C
  • Riddick, E W
  • Wheeler, J W
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of chemical ecology
Publication Date
Apr 01, 1990
Volume
16
Issue
4
Pages
1069–1076
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/BF01021011
PMID: 24263712
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

3,7-Dimethyldeca-2,6-dien-1,10-diol was isolated from male cephalic extracts of the cleptoparasitic or "cuckoo" bee,Nomada annulata. The compound is absent in female head extracts. This diol, previously known only from a male danaid butterfly, is a new bee natural product and is not found in the volatile exocrine secretions of the host bee,Andrena macra. The role of this compound in this parasite-host system, including the chemical basis ofNomada-Andrena associations, is discussed.

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