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, Volume 65, Issue 7, pp 382–384 | Cite as

A new pheromone of the silkworm moth Bombyx mori

Sensory pathway and behavioral effect
  • K. E. Kaissling
  • G. Kasang
  • H. J. Bestmann
  • W. Stransky
  • O. Vostrowsky


The female silkmoth Bombyx mori L. emits a second pheromone component bombykal (E-10, Z-12-hexade-cadien-1-al) in addition to the well-known sexual attractant bombykol (E-10, Z-12-hexadecadien-1-ol). Bombykal stimulates its own specialized and highly sensitive olfactory cells of the male moth. Surprisingly, the aldehyde inhibits the release of the male's wing-fluttering response to bombykol.


Aldehyde Pheromone Component Male Moth Mulberry Leave Female Gland 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. E. Kaissling
    • 1
  • G. Kasang
    • 1
  • H. J. Bestmann
    • 2
  • W. Stransky
    • 2
  • O. Vostrowsky
    • 2
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für VerhaltensphysiologieSeewiesen
  2. 2.Institut für Organische Chemie II der UniversitätErlangen

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