, Volume 80, Issue 4, pp 566–569 | Cite as

Chiral escape of bark beetles from predators responding to a bark beetle pheromone

  • Kenneth F. Raffa
  • Kier D. Klepzig
Original Papers


Two species of predatory beetles that locate their prey, Ips pini, by responding to its aggregation pheromone have different chiral preferences to ispdienol than does the herbivore. This suggests that chiral disparity may provide some escape for bark beetles from predation, and that geographic variation in herbivore communication systems may be partially due to predator — imposed selection pressures. These results also suggest ways in which the semiochemical and biological control of North America's most damaging group of forest insects can be improved.

Key words

Kairomones Predation Coevolution Scolytidae Pheromones Chirality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth F. Raffa
    • 1
  • Kier D. Klepzig
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Entomology, 345 Russell LaboratoriesUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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