Journal of Comparative Physiology A

, Volume 168, Issue 5, pp 533–538 | Cite as

Sex pheromone perception in male pine sawflies, Neodiprion sertifer (Hymenoptera; Diprionidae)

  • B. S. Hansson
  • J. N. C. Van der Pers
  • H. -E. Högberg
  • E. Hedenström
  • O. Anderbrant
  • J. Löfqvist


Electroantennographic and single sensillum recordings were performed on male pine sawfly, Neodiprion sertifer, antennae. Responses to the sex pheromone component (2S, 3S, 7S)- 3,7-dimethyl-2-pentadecenyl (diprionyl) acetate (SSS:OAc), to the behavioral inhibitor (2S, 3R, 7R)-diprionyl acetate (SRR:OAc), to the six other enantiomers of diprionyl acetate, and to the biosynthetic precursor diprionol were recorded. Responses to trans-perillenal, a monoterpene identified in female gland extracts and to (2S, 3S, 7S)-diprionyl propionate (SSS:OPr), a field attractant for N. sertifer and some related sawfly species were also recorded.

EAG recordings demonstrated a high antennal sensitivity to SSS:OAc and to SSS:OPr. A somewhat lower response was elicited by SRR:OAc.

Single sensillum recordings revealed 8–12 different cells firing in each sensillum, corresponding to the number of cells observed in earlier morphological investigations. Out of these cells all, except one, responded to SSS:OAc and to SSS:OPr. No differences in the response to the two components could be observed. The largest amplitude cell in each sensillum was specifically tuned to the behavioral antagonist, SRR:OAc. The pheromone perception system encountered in male pine sawflies thus differs clearly from that observed in moths.

Key words

Sex pheromone Electroantennogram Single sensillum Olfaction Diprionol 









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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. S. Hansson
    • 1
  • J. N. C. Van der Pers
    • 1
  • H. -E. Högberg
    • 2
  • E. Hedenström
    • 2
  • O. Anderbrant
    • 1
  • J. Löfqvist
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EcologyUniversity of LundLundSweden
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryUniversity College of Sundsvall/HärnösandSundsvallSweden

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