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Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 419–427 | Cite as

Rhythms of maleAntheraea polyphemus Attraction and female attractiveness, and an improved pheromone sythesis

  • J. P. Kochansky
  • R. T. Cardé
  • E. F. Taschenberg
  • W. L. Roelofs
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Abstract

WildAntheraea polyphemus (Cramer) (Lepidoptera:Saturniidae) males were attracted to synthetic pheromone and to laboratory-reared females from 23∶00 (EDT) until dawn. Males were attracted to the synthetic pheromone at a mean time of 01:33 and to the females at 03∶23 (EDT). Synthetic traps accumulated the most males (61 compared to 19 in the female-baited traps), but there was no large difference in catch during the main interval of female attractiveness. Pheromone used in the study was prepared by an improved synthesis that utilizescis-4-nonen-1-yl bromide as a key intermediate.

Key words

Antheraea polyphemus sex pheromone rhythm of female attractiveness male sex attractant rhythms pheromone synthesis trans-6-cis-11-hexadecadienyl acetate trans-6-cis-11-hexadecadienal 

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© Plenum Publishing Corp 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. P. Kochansky
    • 1
  • R. T. Cardé
    • 1
  • E. F. Taschenberg
    • 1
  • W. L. Roelofs
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EntomologyNew York State Agricultural Experiment StationGeneva

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