Response to pheromone traps and disruption of pheromone communication in the lesser peachtree borer and the peachtree borer (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae)

John R. Mclaughlin, R. E. Doolittle, C. R. Gentry, E. R. Mitchell, James Homer Tumlinson, III

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Abstract

The sex pheromone communication of the lesser peachtree borer, Synanthedon pictipes (Grote and Robinson), and the peachtree borer, Sanninoidea exitiosa (Say), can be disrupted by permeation of the atmosphere with their respective sex pheromones, (E,Z)- and (Z,Z)-3,13-octadecadien-1-ol acetate. The two isomers seemed equally effective against both species. Disruption was greatest when the pheromone was evaporated from the tops of the peach trees; also, pheromone traps placed in the tree tops captured significantly more males than did traps placed lower in the trees. Neither the color nor the directional placement in a tree (NE, NW, SE, SW) of pheromone-baited traps influenced captures of male lesser peachtree borers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-81
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Chemical Ecology
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1976

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biochemistry

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