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2007-01-01 - Article/Dans un journal avec peer-review - Anglais - 6 page(s)

Terzo M., Valterova L., Rasmont Pierre , "Atypic secretions of the male cephalic labial glands in bumblebees: the case of Bombus (Rhodobombus) mesomelas Gerstaecker (Hymenoptera, Apidae)" in Chemistry & Biodiversity, 4

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  • Codes CREF : Entomologie (DI3163), Ecologie (DI3123)
  • Unités de recherche UMONS : Zoologie (S869)
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(Anglais) In bumblebees, the male secretion of the cephalic labial gland is species-specific. It is highly involved in the nuptial behavior, acting as a sexual attracting pheromone. Therefore, it is also used to accurately identify the species. In contrast to this common scheme, the secretions of Bombus mesomelas are found to be strongly reduced and do not include the most volatile compounds that are present in the secretions of all the other studied bumblebee species. These secretions correspond to cuticular hydrocarbons that can be found in all bumblebee species. This was also the case for another bumblebee species from the same Rhodobombus subgenus: Bombus pomorum. This atypical composition of the male cephalic labial gland secretions seems to indicate that, at least for these two species of Rhodobombus, these secretions are not used to attract virgin females from a long distance, as it is the case for all the other bumblebee species studied.