Chinese Science Bulletin

, 53:555

Identification and field evaluation of the sex pheromone of an invasive pest, the fall webworm Hyphantria cunea in China

  • Su MaoWen 
  • Fang YuLing 
  • Tao WanQiang 
  • Yan GuoZeng 
  • Ma WanE 
  • Zhang ZhongNing 
Articles Entomology


Pheromone gland extracts of the fall webworm, Hyphantria cunea (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae) were analyzed by gas chromatography (GC) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Based on comparison of retention times and mass spectra of synthetic standards, four compounds were identified as (9Z,12Z)-octadecadienal, (9Z,12Z,15Z)-octadecatrienal, (3Z,6Z,9S,10R)-9,10-epoxy-3,6-heneico-sadiene and (3Z,6Z,9S,10R)-9,10-epoxy-1,3,6-heneicosatriene with a ratio of 2:33.6:58.4:6. Trapping tests showed that quaternary blend of these compounds was highly attractive to male H. cunea. Unitraps baited with the quaternary blend loading of 200–300 μg on a gray rubber septum were very effective for monitoring H. cunea populations.


identification sex pheromone Hyphantria cunea Lepidoptera population monitoring field trapping 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Su MaoWen 
    • 1
    • 2
  • Fang YuLing 
    • 1
  • Tao WanQiang 
    • 3
  • Yan GuoZeng 
    • 3
  • Ma WanE 
    • 3
  • Zhang ZhongNing 
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Integrated Management of Pest Insects and Rodents, Institute of ZoologyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.The Graduate University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Beijing Forestry Protection StationBeijingChina

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