Role of pheromone components in evoking behavioral responses from male potato tuberworm moth, Phthorimaea operculella (Zeller) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae)

M. Tóth, T. E. Bellas, G. H L Rothschild

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Abstract

Responses of the male potato tuberworm moth, Phthorimaea operculella (Zeller), to two sex pheromone components and female crude extract were studied. Both in a wind tunnel and the field, males were better able to locate a source consisting of a 1:1 mixture of (E,Z)-4,7-tridecadien-1-yl acetate and (E,Z,Z)-4,7,10-tridecatrien-1-yl acetate than a source consisting of the triene alone. The addition of the diene increased the time spent in the vicinity of the pheromone source, time spent on the source itself, and also increased the average number of visits to the source per individual when compared to the triene alone. The triene elicited high levels of locomotor activity and may play a major role in eliciting earlier (long-range) steps in the behavioral sequence of sexually activated moths. The diene appeared to influence later (short-range) behavior. The behavioral responses of males to a 1:1 mixture of the diene and triene were similar to those elicited by female crude extract.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-280
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Chemical Ecology
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1984

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Phthorimaea operculella
Gelechiidae
Lepidoptera
Moths
Pheromones
behavioral response
Solanum tuberosum
pheromone
Complex Mixtures
potato
moth
pheromones
moths
Acetates
Sex Attractants
acetate
acetates
Wind tunnels
sex pheromone
wind tunnels

Keywords

  • (E,Z)-4,7-tridecadienyl acetate
  • (E,Z,Z)-4,7,10-tridecatrienyl acetate
  • Gelechiidae
  • insect sex pheromone
  • Lepidoptera
  • Phthorimaea operculella
  • Potato tuberworm moth

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  • Ecology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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Role of pheromone components in evoking behavioral responses from male potato tuberworm moth, Phthorimaea operculella (Zeller) (Lepidoptera : Gelechiidae). / Tóth, M.; Bellas, T. E.; Rothschild, G. H L.

In: Journal of Chemical Ecology, Vol. 10, No. 2, 02.1984, p. 271-280.

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