Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 16, Issue 9, pp 2605–2614 | Cite as

Behavioral responses of malePeriplaneta americana L. to female sex pheromone components, periplanone-A and periplanone-B

  • Kentaro Okada
  • Masataka Mori
  • Kazuko Shimazaki
  • Tatsuji Chuman


Bioassays were performed on malePeriplaneta americana L. using synthetic (−)-periplanone-B (P-B) and Hauptmann's (−)-periplanone-A (P-A), and their mixtures at various ratios to estimate the roles of both periplanones for the sexual communication of the species. Both P-A and P-B elicited qualitatively the same responses, such as antennal movement, rapid locomotion, wing raising, and homosexual behavior of male cockroaches, but the threshold of the pheromone activities for P-B was two orders of magnitude lower than that of P-A. Neither synergistic nor inhibitory but only a simple integrated effect on the responses was observed when mixtures of P-A and P-B were applied.

Key Words

Periplaneta americana sex pheromone Orthoptera Blattidae periplanone-A periplanone-B American cockroach 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kentaro Okada
    • 1
  • Masataka Mori
    • 1
  • Kazuko Shimazaki
    • 1
  • Tatsuji Chuman
    • 1
  1. 1.Life Science Research Laboratory Japan Tobacco Inc.YokohamaJapan

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