Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 713–722 | Cite as

Accumulation ofDendrobium superbum (orchidaceae) fragrance in the rectal glands by males of the melon fly,Dacus cucurbitae

  • Ritsuo Nishida
  • Osamu Iwahashi
  • Keng Hong Tan


4-(4-Hydroxyphenyl)-2-butanone was characterized from flowers of the orchidDendrobium superbum as a specific attractant factor for the male melon fly,Dacus cucurbitae. The male flies compulsively licked the flower surface and sequestered the compound in significant quantities in their rectal glands. The compound was detected within 6 hr after ingestion and was retained for more than six days in the rectal gland sacs.

Key Words

Dacus cucurbitae melon fly Diptera Dendrobium superbum orchid, 4-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-2-butanone cue-lure sequestration pheromone 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ritsuo Nishida
    • 1
  • Osamu Iwahashi
    • 2
  • Keng Hong Tan
    • 3
  1. 1.Pesticide Research Institute Faculty of AgricultureKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  2. 2.College of AgricultureUniversity of The RyukyusOkinawaJapan
  3. 3.School of Biological SciencesUniversiti Sains Malaysia, MindenPenangMalaysia

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