Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 36, Issue 9, pp 969–977 | Cite as

Field Response of Male Pine Sawflies, Neodiprion sertifer (Diprionidae), to Sex Pheromone Analogs in Japan and Sweden

  • Olle AnderbrantEmail author
  • Jan Löfqvist
  • Erik Hedenström
  • Joakim Bång
  • Akira Tai
  • Hans-Erik Högberg


The pine sawfly Neodiprion sertifer (Geoffroy) uses the acetate or propionate of (2S,3S,7S)-3,7-dimethyl-2-pentadecanol (diprionol) as pheromone components, with the (2S,3R,7R)-isomer being antagonistic, synergistic, or inactive according to the population tested. In this study, we tested the attraction of males to the acetates of three analogs of diprionol, each missing one methyl group, viz. (2S,7S)-7-methyl-2-pentadecanol, (2S,6S)-2,6-dimethyl-1-tetradecanol, and (2S,3S)-3-methyl-2-pentadecanol. None of the analogs alone, or in combination with diprionol acetate, was attractive in Sweden, even at 100 times the amount of diprionol acetate attractive to N. sertifer. In Japan, the acetate of (2S,3S)-3-methyl-2-pentadecanol attracted males when tested in amounts 10–20 times higher than the acetate pheromone component. The acetate esters of the (2S,3R)-analog and the (2S,3R,7R)-isomer of diprionol also were tested in combination with the pheromone compound (acetate ester). Both compounds caused an almost total trap-catch reduction in Sweden, whereas in Japan they appear to have relatively little effect on trap capture when added to diprionol acetate. Butyrate and iso-butyrate esters of diprionol were unattractive to N. sertifer in Sweden. In summary, there exists geographic variation in N. sertifer in responses to both diprionyl acetate and some of its analogs.

Key Words

Hymenoptera Symphyta Diprionidae Semiochemical Sex attractant Behavioral response Pheromone trap Antagonist Geographic variation 



We thank Eva Annerfeldt, Erling Jirle, Rolf Wedding, and Fredrik Östrand for technical assistance. Financial support was provided by The Swedish Council for Forestry and Agricultural Research, The Swedish Natural Science Research Council, The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, and Carl Tryggers Stiftelse för Vetenskaplig Forskning. We also are grateful for financial support from EU (Objective 1 the region of South Forest Counties) and Länsstyrelsen i Västernorrlands län.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olle Anderbrant
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jan Löfqvist
    • 2
  • Erik Hedenström
    • 3
  • Joakim Bång
    • 3
  • Akira Tai
    • 4
    • 5
  • Hans-Erik Högberg
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of BiologyLund UniversityLundSweden
  2. 2.Department of Plant Protection ScienceSwedish University of Agricultural SciencesAlnarpSweden
  3. 3.Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and MathematicsMid Sweden UniversitySundsvallSweden
  4. 4.Faculty of ScienceHimeji Institute of TechnologyHyogoJapan
  5. 5.OsakaJapan

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