Chemical compounds of the foraging recruitment pheromone in bumblebees

Angeles Mena Granero, José M. Guerra Sanz, Francisco J. Egea Gonzalez, José L. Martinez Vidal, Anna Dornhaus, Junaid Ghani, Ana Roldán Serrano, Lars Chittka

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Abstract

When the frenzied and irregular food-recruitment dances of bumblebees were first discovered, it was thought that they might represent an evolutionary prototype to the honeybee waggle dance. It later emerged that the primary function of the bumblebee dance was the distribution of an alerting pheromone. Here, we identify the chemical compounds of the bumblebee recruitment pheromone and their behaviour effects. The presence of two monoterpenes and one sesquiterpene (eucalyptol, ocimene and farnesol) in the nest airspace and in the tergal glands increases strongly during foraging. Of these, eucalyptol has the strongest recruitment effect when a bee nest is experimentally exposed to it. Since honeybees use terpenes for marking food sources rather than recruiting foragers inside the nest, this suggests independent evolutionary roots of food recruitment in these two groups of bees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-374
Number of pages4
JournalNaturwissenschaften
Volume92
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Chemical compounds
chemical compound
Pheromones
chemical compounds
Bombus
pheromone
pheromones
Bees
foraging
Food
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honeybee
nests
cineole
Farnesol
bee
honey bees
food
Apoidea
Monoterpenes

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Ecology

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Granero, A. M., Guerra Sanz, J. M., Egea Gonzalez, F. J., Martinez Vidal, J. L., Dornhaus, A., Ghani, J., ... Chittka, L. (2005). Chemical compounds of the foraging recruitment pheromone in bumblebees. Naturwissenschaften, 92(8), 371-374. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00114-005-0002-0

Chemical compounds of the foraging recruitment pheromone in bumblebees. / Granero, Angeles Mena; Guerra Sanz, José M.; Egea Gonzalez, Francisco J.; Martinez Vidal, José L.; Dornhaus, Anna; Ghani, Junaid; Serrano, Ana Roldán; Chittka, Lars.

In: Naturwissenschaften, Vol. 92, No. 8, 08.2005, p. 371-374.

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Granero, AM, Guerra Sanz, JM, Egea Gonzalez, FJ, Martinez Vidal, JL, Dornhaus, A, Ghani, J, Serrano, AR & Chittka, L 2005, 'Chemical compounds of the foraging recruitment pheromone in bumblebees', Naturwissenschaften, vol. 92, no. 8, pp. 371-374. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00114-005-0002-0
Granero AM, Guerra Sanz JM, Egea Gonzalez FJ, Martinez Vidal JL, Dornhaus A, Ghani J et al. Chemical compounds of the foraging recruitment pheromone in bumblebees. Naturwissenschaften. 2005 Aug;92(8):371-374. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00114-005-0002-0
Granero, Angeles Mena ; Guerra Sanz, José M. ; Egea Gonzalez, Francisco J. ; Martinez Vidal, José L. ; Dornhaus, Anna ; Ghani, Junaid ; Serrano, Ana Roldán ; Chittka, Lars. / Chemical compounds of the foraging recruitment pheromone in bumblebees. In: Naturwissenschaften. 2005 ; Vol. 92, No. 8. pp. 371-374.
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