Improving the floral attractant to lure Epicometis hirta Poda (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae, Cetoniinae)

József Vuts, István Szarukán, Mitko Subchev, Teodora Toshova, M. Tóth

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Abstract

In order to improve the efficiency of the known floral attractant of Epicometis hirta [(E)-anethol and (E)-cinnamyl alcohol in a ratio of 1:1], candidate synergist compounds for field tests were selected through electroantennographic tests using the antennae of female and male E. hirta adult beetles. Among synthetic floral compounds 4-methoxyphenethyl alcohol and methyl salicylate evoked high responses from the antennae and were chosen for further field studies. In trapping tests in Bulgaria, the addition of 4-methoxyphenethyl alcohol to the E. hirta bait in the ratio of 1:1:1, in Hungary in ratios of 1:1:0.3 and 1:1:1 significantly increased catches. The addition of methyl salicylate was without effect in both countries. A high-capacity trap supplied with this ternary attractant could be more efficient for mass trapping purposes of E. hirta in environment-friendly plant protection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-20
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pest Science
Volume83
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010

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Scarabaeidae
attractants
methyl salicylate
alcohols
Coleoptera
antennae
trapping
synergists
testing
Bulgaria
plant protection
Hungary
baits
traps

Keywords

  • 4-Methoxyphenethyl alcohol
  • Electroantennogram
  • Epicometis hirta
  • Floral bait
  • Methyl salicylate

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  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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Improving the floral attractant to lure Epicometis hirta Poda (Coleoptera : Scarabaeidae, Cetoniinae). / Vuts, József; Szarukán, István; Subchev, Mitko; Toshova, Teodora; Tóth, M.

In: Journal of Pest Science, Vol. 83, No. 1, 02.2010, p. 15-20.

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Vuts, József ; Szarukán, István ; Subchev, Mitko ; Toshova, Teodora ; Tóth, M. / Improving the floral attractant to lure Epicometis hirta Poda (Coleoptera : Scarabaeidae, Cetoniinae). In: Journal of Pest Science. 2010 ; Vol. 83, No. 1. pp. 15-20.
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