Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society

Volume

45

Issue

2

Publication Date

4-1-1972

First Page

208

Last Page

218

Abstract

Preliminary examinations of melting points, solubilities, and infrared spectra of the nest-building secretions (cell or nest linings) of Hylaeus cressoni, Nomia melanderi and Anthophora occidentalis were made. The oral secretion of H. cressoni appears to be silk. The dissimilar cell linings of N. melanderi and A. occidentalis contain probably polymerized lipids and do not resemble beeswax. The origin, composition, and possible evolution of nest-building secretions in the Apoidea is reviewed and discussed.

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