Sex pheromones and reproductive isolation of the lesser peachtree borer and the peachtree borer

James Homer Tumlinson, III, C. E. Yonce, R. E. Doolittle, R. R. Heath, C. R. Gentry, E. R. Mitchell

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Abstract

(E,Z)-3,13-octadecadien-1-ol acetate, and (Z,Z)-3,13-octadecadien-1-ol acetate, isolated from the female lesser peachtree borer, Synanthedon pictipes (Grote and Robinson), and the female peachtree borer, Sanninoidea exitiosa (Say), respectively, strongly attract the respective males of these species in field bioassays. These compounds are the largest pheromones isolated thus far from a lepidopterous species. Sanninoidea exitiosa males did not respond to the synthesized (E,Z)-isomer, and low concentrations of it in the synthesized (Z,Z)-isomer did not interfere with their response to the (Z,Z)-isomer. In contrast, even very low concentrations of the (Z,Z)-isomer (1 percent) in the (E,Z)-isomer significantly inhibited the response of Synanthedon pictipes males.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)614-616
Number of pages3
JournalScience
Volume185
Issue number4151
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1974

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