Does Honey Bee Nasanov Pheromone Attract Foragers?
Conventional wisdom accords to the honey bee Nasanov gland pher- omone a forager attractant function. Our experiments failed to support three predictions of that hypothesis. 1) Fragrant components of Nasanov gland secretion were not more effective than other scents as recruitment incentives for new (naive) foragers to a food source. 2) Honey bees harvesting scented rewards did not choose "Nasanov mixture" scent in preference to other odors. 3) After training to "mixed scent," containing Nasanov and nonNasanov components, bees did not prefer Nasanov pheromonal components. Our experiments did not support the conclu- sion that Nasanov gland secretions function as a "forager attractant" pheromone.
Wells, P.; Wells, H.; Vu, V.; Vadehra, N.; Lee, C.; Han, R.; Han, K.; and Chang, L.
"Does Honey Bee Nasanov Pheromone Attract Foragers?,"
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