Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 18, Issue 7, pp 1093–1105 | Cite as

Sex attractants for the white-barred groundling moth (Recurvaria leucatella clerck) and the lesser bud moth (R. nanella Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae)

  • Miklòs Tòth
  • Robert E. Doolittle


In field tests synthetic (3E,5Z)-3,5-tetradecadienyl acetate was found to attract large numbers of males ofRecurvaria leucatella Clerck into sticky traps. The other geometrical isomers did not influence catches. Of the corresponding monoenic compounds, (3E)-3-tetradecenyl acetate was highly attractive to a close relative,Recurvaria nanella Hübner. The catches of the latter species were suppressed by higher amounts of (5Z)-5-tetradecenyl acetate added to the bait, and the addition of (3E)-3-tetradecenol or (3Z)-3-tetradecenyl acetate was without effect. The attractive compounds can be used in traps for monitoring the two pests.

Key Words

Sex attractant (3E,5Z)-3,5-tetradecadienyl acetate (3E)-3-tetradecenyl acetate (5Z)-5-tetradecenyl acetate Recurvaria leucatella Recurvaria nanella Lepidoptera Gelechiidae 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miklòs Tòth
    • 1
  • Robert E. Doolittle
    • 2
  1. 1.Plant Protection InstituteHungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary
  2. 2.U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research ServiceInsect Attractants, Behavior, and Basic Biology Research LaboratoryGainesville

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