Sex pheromone in the ant Xenomyrmex floridanus

B. Hölldobler

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During nuptial flights males of the ant Xenomyrmex floridanus are chemically attracted to females. The female sex pheromone is produced in the poison gland and in addition to being an attractant releases copulatory behaviour in males. This is the first proof of an occurrence and source of a female sex pheromone in an ant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1497-1499
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of insect physiology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1971
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Insect Science


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