Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 21, Issue 11, pp 1813–1822 | Cite as

Identification of sex attractant pheromone components of the tussock moth,Euproctis taiwana (Shiraki) (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae)

  • Tetsuya Yasuda
  • Sadao Wakamura
  • Norio Arakaki


Two compounds were isolated and identified from abdominal tips of the female tussock moth,Euproctis taiwana (Shiraki), by a combination of gas chromatography-electroantennographic detection, coupled gas chromatography-mass spectrometric analysis, microreaction, and synthesis. These compounds were (Z)-16-methyl-9-heptadecenyl isobutyrate (74.8%) and 16-methylheptadecyl isobutyrate (25.2%). Their total amount was determined to be ca. 29.8 ng/female. Field bioassays showed that (Z)-16-methyl-9-heptadecenyl isobutyrate is a sex attractant for the male moths. These chemical compounds had not previously been found as the sex pheromone components in the genusEuproctis.

Key words

Tussock moth Euproctis taiwana sex attractant pheromone (Z)-16-methyl-9-heptadecenyl isobutyrate 16-methylheptadecyl isobutyrate 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tetsuya Yasuda
    • 1
  • Sadao Wakamura
    • 1
  • Norio Arakaki
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Insect Physiology and BehaviorNational Institute of Sericultural and Entomological ScienceTsukuba, IbarakiJapan

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