Dufour's gland: source of sex pheromone in a hymenopterous parasitoid

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Science  20 Aug 1976:
Vol. 193, Issue 4254, pp. 695-697
DOI: 10.1126/science.948746


Females of Apanteles melanoscelus and Apanteles liparidis produce a sex pheromone in Dufour's gland of their reproductive system. Males of both species exhibit premating behavior when in contact with filter paper smears of the gland of their respective females.