Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp 623–631 | Cite as

Sex pheromone of the tea tortrix moth (Homona coffearia Neitner)

  • J. P. Kochansky
  • W. L. Roelofs
  • P. Sivapalan


Three compounds were isolated from female abdominal tips of the tea tortrix,Homona coffearia Neitner (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) and identified as 1-dodecanol, 1-dodecyl acetate, and (E)-9-dodecen-1-yl acetate by chemical tests and mass spectrometry. These were the only appreciably active compounds detected in female gland extracts by male electroantennography of gas chromatographic collections. Synthetic (E)-9-dodecenyl acetate was shown to be active in attracting male moths in the field, and this activity was greatly increased by addition of dodecyl acetate and dodecanol. A very active lure for monitoring consists of 1 mg (E)-9-dodecenyl acetate, 3 mg dodecanol, and 1 mg dodecyl acetate in a polyethylene cap.

Key words

Pheromone tea tortrix Homona coffearia 1-dodecanol 1-dodecyl acetate (E)-9-dodecen-1-yl acetate 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. P. Kochansky
    • 1
  • W. L. Roelofs
    • 1
  • P. Sivapalan
    • 2
  1. 1.Entomology DepartmentNew York State Agricultural Experiment StationGeneva
  2. 2.Tea Research Institute of Sri LankaTalawakeleSri Lanka

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