Pheromonal covariation and kinship in social bee Lasioglossum zephyrum (Hymenoptera: Halictidae)

Brian H. Smith, John W. Wenzel

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Both males and females of the primitively eusocial bee Lasioglossum zephyrum can distinguish among female conspecifics with regard to genealogical relationship. Closely related females covary with respect to Dufour's gland pheromone products which are believed to function in individual or kin recognition. This is the first report of a population-wide parallel between similarity of communicative glandular product and genetic similarity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-94
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Chemical Ecology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988
Externally publishedYes


  • Dufour's gland
  • Halictidae
  • Hymenoptera
  • Lasioglossum zephyrum
  • Pheromone
  • correlation
  • kinship
  • lactones
  • social bee

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biochemistry


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