Applied Entomology and Zoology

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 195–200 | Cite as

The egg parasitoid Telenomus euproctidis (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae) uses sex pheromone released by immobile female tussock moth Orgyia postica (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae) as kairomone

Original Research Paper


Egg parasitoids Telenomus euproctidis Wilcox (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae) were attracted to egg masses laid by wingless immobile female Orgyia postica (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae). Virgin females, a solvent extract of pheromone glands, and a synthetic sex pheromone, (6Z,9Z,11S,12S)-11,12-epoxyhenicosa-6,9-diene (posticlure), also attracted this parasitoid in the field, demonstrating that T. euproctidis uses the sex pheromone of female Org. postica as a kairomone to locate host eggs.


Telenomus euproctidis Kairomone Sex pheromone Orgyia postica Egg parasitoid Tussock moth 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norio Arakaki
    • 1
  • Hiroyuki Yamazawa
    • 2
    • 3
  • Sadao Wakamura
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Okinawa Prefectural Agricultural Research CenterItomanJapan
  2. 2.Laboratory of Insect BehaviorNational Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (NIAS)TsukubaJapan
  3. 3.Department of Food and Health, Faculty of Health and WelfareTokai Gakuin UniversityGifuJapan
  4. 4.Kyoto Gakuen UniversityKameokaJapan

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