, Volume 44, Issue 6, pp 531–534 | Cite as

Identification and electroantennographic activity of sex-specific geranyl esters in an abdominal gland of femaleAgriotes obscurus (L.) andA. lineatus (L.) (Coleoptera, Elateridae)

  • A. -K. Borg-Karlson
  • L. Ågren
  • H. Dobson
  • G. Bergström
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Both geranyl hexanoate and geranyl octanoate were identified by GC/MS as the major volatiles in a hitherto uncharacterized abdominal gland in females inAgriotes obscurus. Only geranyl octanoate was found inA. lineatus. In EAG tests performed onA. obscurus males, geranyl butanoate and geranyl hexanoate elicited the strongest antennal responses.

Key words

Electroantennogram GC/MS geraniol geranyl hexanoate geranyl octanoate opalescent gland nerol 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. -K. Borg-Karlson
    • 1
  • L. Ågren
    • 1
  • H. Dobson
    • 1
  • G. Bergström
    • 1
  1. 1.Ecological Research Station of Uppsala UniversityFärjestadenSweden

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