Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 13, Issue 7, pp 1749–1758 | Cite as

Flight and copulation of female spruce budworm in pheromone-permeated air

  • C. J. Sanders


High concentrations of synthetic sex pheromone caused increased flight activity among mated female spruce budworm of all ages, a fact that may indicate an increase in dispersal. Flight activity also increased among older virgin females, but not among females one day old, the age at which they usually mate. Receptivity of young virgin females to courting males was not affected by pheromone-permeated air. Synthetic sex pheromone is therefore not likely to influence mating frequency through its effects on female activity.

Key Words

Spruce budwormChoristoneura fumiferana Lepidoptera Tortricidae sex pheromone female response flight copulation dispersal 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. J. Sanders
    • 1
  1. 1.Canadian Forestry Service, Great Lakes Forestry CentreGovernment of CanadaSault Ste. MarieCanada

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