Decyl decanoate: A major component of the tergite glands of honeybee Queens (Apis mellifera L.)
Karl E. Espelie, Vivian M. Butz And Alfred Dietz
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.
Decyl decanoate, tergite glands, honeybee queens, Apis mellifera L