Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 265–272 | Cite as

Attraction responses of the American cockroach to synthetic periplanone-B

  • Y. S. Chow
  • S. F. Wang


Synthetic periplanone-B has been shown not only to be a sex excitant to malePeriplaneta americana by bioassay in the laboratory but also an attractant pheromone by field tests in a rice storage house in Taipei. During both summer and winter months, it attracted signincantly more adult males into the traps used in the experiments than adult females. There is a statistically significant increase in the sex ratio (male-female) of the trapped adults with increase in periplanone-B used. An attempt has been made to explain the trapping of females and nymphs in addition to males by the chemicals used in our tests.

Key words

Sex pheromones cockroach Periplaneta americana Orthoptera Blattidae periplanone-B margarine oil sex ratio control 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. S. Chow
    • 1
  • S. F. Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of ZoologyAcademic SinicaTaipeiTaiwan

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