Identification of a sex pheromone produced by female velvetbean caterpillar moth

R. R. Heath, James Homer Tumlinson, III, N. C. Leppla, J. R. McLaughlin, B. Dueben, E. Dundulis, R. H. Guy

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Abstract

A sex pheromone produced by female velvetbean caterpillar moths, Anticarsia gemmatalis Hübner, that attracts conspecific males was isolated and identified as a blend of (Z,Z,Z)-3,6,9-eicosatriene and (Z,Z,Z)-3,6,9-heneicosatriene in a ratio of ca. 5:3, respectively, when combined. The synthesized compounds elicited responses by velvetbean caterpillar moth males equivalent to those elicited by females in both laboratory wind tunnel bioassays and field trapping experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)645-656
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Chemical Ecology
Volume9
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 1983

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biochemistry

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