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Volume 27, Number 6, 1996
Page(s) 433 - 444
Apidologie 27 (1996) 433-444
DOI: 10.1051/apido:19960601

Flagellar sensilla of bumble bee males (Hymenopera, Apidae, Bombus)

L. Ågrena and E. Hallbergb

a  Ecological Research Station of Uppsala University, Ölands Skogsby 6280, S-386 93 Färjestaden, Sweden
b  Department of Zoology, Helgonavägen 3, S-223 62 Lund, Sweden

Abstract - The flagellar sensillar distribution in males of 12 species of bumble bees, including five species with large-eyed males, did not show any conspicuous species-specific or behavior-related pattern. The sensillar types were morphologically similar to those of other bee taxa. In contrast to Apis drones, the bumble bee antennae lacked ventral wall-pore sensilla.

Key words: Bombus / antenna / chemoreception / electron microscopy / mechanoreception