Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 481–494

Oviposition-deterring pheromone ofRhagoletis pomonella

A kairomone for its parasitoidOpius lectus
  • Ronald J. Prokopy
  • Reginald P. Webster

DOI: 10.1007/BF00989504

Cite this article as:
Prokopy, R.J. & Webster, R.P. J Chem Ecol (1978) 4: 481. doi:10.1007/BF00989504


We found that after the parasitoidOpius lectus has arrived on a fruit infested by eggs or early-instar larvae of its tephritid hostRhagoletis pomonella, the following stimuli act to retain it and elicit antennal tapping and oviposition probes: unidentified fruit chemical components; characteristic fruit shape, size and color; andR. pomonella oviposition-deterring pheromone. This is the first demonstration of an oviposition-deterring pheromone in a phytophagous insect serving as a kairomone to one of its parasitoids.O. alloeus, a parasitoid of lateinstar larvae ofR. pomonella, was not influenced by the pheromone. Possible use of the pheromone for management ofO. lectus in a multifacetedR. pomonella suppression program is discussed.

Key words

Pheromonekairomoneoviposition deterrentparasitoidhost findingOpius lectusOpius alloeusRhagoletis pomonella

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald J. Prokopy
    • 1
  • Reginald P. Webster
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EntomologyUniversity of MassachusettsAmherst