Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 28, Issue 8, pp 1629–1640 | Cite as

Defensive Secretion of Therea petiveriana: Chemical Identification and Evidence of an Alarm Function

  • Jean-Pierre Farine
  • Etienne Semon
  • Claude Everaerts
  • Dehbia Abed
  • Philippe Grandcolas
  • Remy Brossut


The volatile constituents of the supposed defensive secretions of the glandular pouches of the adults of both sexes of the cockroach Therea petiveriana have been shown to contain N-3-methylbutylacetamide (MBA) and N-3-methylbutylpropanamide (MBP), which represented 60% of the volatile fraction. The other 40% included acidic, aromatic, and aldehydic compounds. Behavioral experiments demonstrated that the secretion acts as an alarm pheromone for adults.

Dictyoptera Polyphagidae Therea petiveriana exocrine glands pheromones alarm 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Pierre Farine
    • 1
  • Etienne Semon
    • 2
  • Claude Everaerts
    • 1
  • Dehbia Abed
    • 1
  • Philippe Grandcolas
    • 3
  • Remy Brossut
    • 1
  1. 1.CNRS, UMR 5548Université de BourgogneDijonFrance
  2. 2.INRALaboratoire de Recherches sur les ArômesDijonFrance
  3. 3.ESA 8043, CNRSLaboratoire d'Entomologie, Muséum National d'Histoire NaturelleParisFrance

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