Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 597–607 | Cite as

Estimation of single furniture carpet beetle (Anthrenus flavipes LeConte) sex pheromone release by dose-response curve and chromatographic analysis of pentafluorobenzyl derivative of (Z)-3-decenoic acid

  • Michael Ma
  • Hans E. Hummel
  • Wendell E. Burkholder


A single-insect aeration apparatus was designed for the study of the pheromone release rate of furniture carpet beetlesAnthrenus flavipes LeConte. Tenax® was selected as the pheromone adsorption agent. The quantity of (Z)-3-decenoic acid (A. flavipes female pheromone) produced per day was estimated by a dose-response curve and bioassay of the collected pheromone. A procedure was established to quantitatively determine the furniture carpet beetle pheromone involving pentafluoro-benzylation of (Z)-3-decenoic acid and subsequent gas chromatographic analysis utilizing flame-ionization and electron-capture detectors.

Key words

Furniture carpet beetle Anthrenus flavipes Coleoptera dermestid beetle sex pheromone (Z)-3-decenoic acid aeration apparatus Tenax gas chromatography pentafluorobenzyl bromide pheromone release rate 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Ma
    • 1
  • Hans E. Hummel
    • 2
  • Wendell E. Burkholder
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EntomologyUniversity of WisconsinMadison
  2. 2.Department of EntomologyUniversity of Illinois-UrbanaUrbana
  3. 3.Stored Product and Household Insects Laboratory, USDA SEA Department of EntomologyUniversity of WisconsinMadison

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