Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 597-607

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Estimation of single furniture carpet beetle (Anthrenus flavipes LeConte) sex pheromone release by dose-response curve and chromatographic analysis of pentafluorobenzyl derivative of (Z)-3-decenoic acid

  • Michael MaAffiliated withDepartment of Entomology, University of Wisconsin
  • , Hans E. HummelAffiliated withDepartment of Entomology, University of Illinois-Urbana
  • , Wendell E. BurkholderAffiliated withStored Product and Household Insects Laboratory, USDA SEA Department of Entomology, University of Wisconsin

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A single-insect aeration apparatus was designed for the study of the pheromone release rate of furniture carpet beetlesAnthrenus flavipes LeConte. Tenax® was selected as the pheromone adsorption agent. The quantity of (Z)-3-decenoic acid (A. flavipes female pheromone) produced per day was estimated by a dose-response curve and bioassay of the collected pheromone. A procedure was established to quantitatively determine the furniture carpet beetle pheromone involving pentafluoro-benzylation of (Z)-3-decenoic acid and subsequent gas chromatographic analysis utilizing flame-ionization and electron-capture detectors.

Key words

Furniture carpet beetle Anthrenus flavipes Coleoptera dermestid beetle sex pheromone (Z)-3-decenoic acid aeration apparatus Tenax gas chromatography pentafluorobenzyl bromide pheromone release rate