Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 345–351

Evaluation of Pheromones and a New Trap for Monitoring Agriotes lineatus and Agriotes obscurus in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia


DOI: 10.1007/s10886-006-9217-6

Cite this article as:
Vernon, R.S. & Tóth, M. J Chem Ecol (2007) 33: 345. doi:10.1007/s10886-006-9217-6


A prototype ground-based pheromone trap design, baited with various pheromone lures, was field tested for effectiveness in trapping male Agriotes obscurus and Agriotes lineatus click beetles in British Columbia. Pheromone dispensers containing geranyl octanoate and geranyl hexanoate in a 1:1 ratio caught the greatest numbers of A. obscurus, whereas those containing geranyl octanoate and geranyl butanoate in a 9 or 10:1 ratio caught high numbers of A. lineatus. Some differences in A. obscurus attraction to traps were observed between dispensers according to the manufacturer and the number of dispensers deployed in traps. The trap design and optimal pheromone dispensers tested would be suitable for monitoring or surveying A. obscurus and A. lineatus populations in North America.


Elateridae Agriotes lineatus Agriotes obscurus Semiochemicals Pheromones Agriculture Fraser Valley Surveys Trapping 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EntomologyAgriculture and Agri-Food CanadaAgassizCanada
  2. 2.Plant Protection InstituteHungarian Academy of ScienceBudapestHungary