Behavioral responses of male Heliothis zea moths in sustained-flight tunnel to combinations of 4 compounds identified from female sex pheromone gland

Richard S. Vetter, Thomas Charles Baker

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Each of the four compounds that have been identified from sex pheromone glands of Heliothis zea female moths was examined for its ability to elicit sexual responses from male moths in a flight tunnel. Males flew upwind to (Z)-11-hexadecenal alone, but greater levels of behavioral activity were evoked with the addition of (Z)-9-hexadecenal to the treatment. Addition of hexadecanal or (Z)-7-hexadecenal to the initial two components had no effect in raising the behavioral response of the males in the flight tunnel whether added singularly at both the normal gland-emission ratio or at varying ratios or in combination at the normal ratio. Live, calling females elicited levels of sexual activity from males not significantly different from that elicited by the mixture of (Z)-11- and (Z)-9-hexadecenal on cotton wicks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-202
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Chemical Ecology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 1984


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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