Chemical mimicry: Bolas spiders emit components of moth prey species sex pheromones

Mark K. Stowe, James Homer Tumlinson, III, Robert R. Heath

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Abstract

Field studies have indicated that bolas spiders attract male moth prey, apparently by mimicking the odor of female moth sex pheromones. Three moth sex pheromone compounds, (Z)-9-tetradecenyl acetate, (Z)-9-tetradecenal, and (Z)-11-hexadecenal, were identified in volatile substances emitted by hunting adult female Mastophora corngera spiders. These compounds are components of pheromone blends that attract some of this spider's moth prey species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)964-967
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume236
Issue number4804
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987

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