Decyl decanoate: A major component of the Tergite glands of honeybee Queens (Apis mellifera L.)

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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 29 (1) pp. 15-19
Date
March 1990
Article Title

Decyl decanoate: A major component of the tergite glands of honeybee Queens (Apis mellifera L.)

Author(s)

Karl E. Espelie, Vivian M. Butz And Alfred Dietz

Abstract

Decyl decanoate and longer chain-length esters of decanoic acid were dominant components of the extracts of abdominal tergite glands of virgin honeybee queens, 3-10 days old. The esters were either absent or else present in very small amounts in queens which were 0-2 days old. The cuticular lipids of honeybee queens were predominantly n-alkanes and alkenes with n-heptacosane and hentriacontene being major components.

Keywords

Decyl decanoate, tergite glands, honeybee queens, Apis mellifera L

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