Applied Entomology and Zoology

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 195–200

The egg parasitoid Telenomus euproctidis (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae) uses sex pheromone released by immobile female tussock moth Orgyia postica (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae) as kairomone


    • Okinawa Prefectural Agricultural Research Center
  • Hiroyuki Yamazawa
    • Laboratory of Insect BehaviorNational Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (NIAS)
    • Department of Food and Health, Faculty of Health and WelfareTokai Gakuin University
  • Sadao Wakamura
    • Laboratory of Insect BehaviorNational Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (NIAS)
    • Kyoto Gakuen University
Original Research Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s13355-011-0031-4

Cite this article as:
Arakaki, N., Yamazawa, H. & Wakamura, S. Appl Entomol Zool (2011) 46: 195. doi:10.1007/s13355-011-0031-4


Egg parasitoids Telenomus euproctidis Wilcox (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae) were attracted to egg masses laid by wingless immobile female Orgyia postica (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae). Virgin females, a solvent extract of pheromone glands, and a synthetic sex pheromone, (6Z,9Z,11S,12S)-11,12-epoxyhenicosa-6,9-diene (posticlure), also attracted this parasitoid in the field, demonstrating that T. euproctidis uses the sex pheromone of female Org. postica as a kairomone to locate host eggs.


Telenomus euproctidisKairomoneSex pheromoneOrgyia posticaEgg parasitoidTussock moth

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