Caste-Specific Compounds in Male Carpenter Ants

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Science  26 Jan 1973:
Vol. 179, Issue 4071, pp. 388-389
DOI: 10.1126/science.179.4071.388


Three caste-specific substances new to arthropod glandular secretions occur in the mandibular glands of male ants of five species in the genus Camponotus. These volatile compounds, which are not found in alate females or workers, have been identified as methyl 6-methyl salicylate, 2,4-dimethyl-2-hexenoic acid, and methyl anthranilate. The free acid has not been described previously.