Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 13, Issue 5, pp 1139–1146

Misleading the Colorado potato beetle with an odor blend

  • D. Thiery
  • J. H. Visser

DOI: 10.1007/BF01020544

Cite this article as:
Thiery, D. & Visser, J.H. J Chem Ecol (1987) 13: 1139. doi:10.1007/BF01020544


Walking tracks of Colorado potato beetles,Leptinotarsa decemlineata Say, were recorded on a locomotion-compensator in response to wind, odors of host plantsSolanum tuberosum L. and nonhost plantsLycopersicon hirsutum f.glabratum C.H. Mull, and to mixtures of these plant species. Host-plant odor induced positive anemotactic responses in starved females, whereas odor of the nonhostL. hirsutum was neither repellent nor attractive. The attractiveness of host-plant odor, however, was neutralized in the odor blend of plant species. Masking the attractive host-plant odor will hinder the beetle's searching for host-plant patches, and this principle may be exploited in pest control by mixed cropping.

Key words

Colorado potato beetleLeptinotarsa decemlineataColeopteraChrysomelidaeSolanum tuberosumLycopersicon hirsutum f.glabratumchemoattractionmaskingmixed croppingolfactory orientationsearching behavior

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Thiery
    • 1
  • J. H. Visser
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EntomologyAgricultural UniversityEH WageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Laboratoire INRA-CNRS de Neurobiologie sensorielle de l'InsecteBures sur YvetteFrance