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Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 73–81 | Cite as

Response to pheromone traps and disruption of pheromone communication in the lesser peachtree borer and the peachtree borer (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae)

  • John R. Mclaughlin
  • R. E. Doolittle
  • C. R. Gentry
  • E. R. Mitchell
  • J. H. Tumlinson
Article

Abstract

The sex pheromone communication of the lesser peachtree borer,Synanthedon pictipes (Grote and Robinson), and the peachtree borer,Sanninoidea exitiosa (Say), can be disrupted by permeation of the atmosphere with their respective sex pheromones, (E,Z)- and (Z,Z)-3,13-octadecadien-1-ol acetate. The two isomers seemed equally effective against both species. Disruption was greatest when the pheromone was evaporated from the tops of the peach trees; also, pheromone traps placed in the tree tops captured significantly more males than did traps placed lower in the trees. Neither the color nor the directional placement in a tree (NE, NW, SE, SW) of pheromone-baited traps influenced captures of male lesser peachtree borers.

Key words

Synanthedon pictipes Sanninoidea exitiosa Sesiidae pheromone communication disruption insect pheromone trapping peachtree borer lesser peachtree borer 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • John R. Mclaughlin
    • 1
  • R. E. Doolittle
    • 1
  • C. R. Gentry
    • 2
  • E. R. Mitchell
    • 1
  • J. H. Tumlinson
    • 1
  1. 1.Agricultural Research Service, USDA Insect Attractants, Behavior and Basic Biology Research LaboratoryGainesville
  2. 2.Agricultural Research ServiceUSDA Southeastern Fruit and Tree Nut Research Station Laboratory ByronGeorgia

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