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.
- Dufour's gland
- Lasioglossum zephyrum
- social bee
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics