Sex attractants for the white-barred groundling moth (Recurvaria leucatella clerck) and the lesser bud moth (R. nanella Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae)

Miklòs Tòth, Robert E. Doolittle

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In field tests synthetic (3 E,5 Z)-3,5-tetradecadienyl acetate was found to attract large numbers of males of Recurvaria leucatella Clerck into sticky traps. The other geometrical isomers did not influence catches. Of the corresponding monoenic compounds, (3 E)-3-tetradecenyl acetate was highly attractive to a close relative, Recurvaria nanella Hübner. The catches of the latter species were suppressed by higher amounts of (5 Z)-5-tetradecenyl acetate added to the bait, and the addition of (3 E)-3-tetradecenol or (3 Z)-3-tetradecenyl acetate was without effect. The attractive compounds can be used in traps for monitoring the two pests.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1093-1105
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Chemical Ecology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 1992



  • (3 E)-3-tetradecenyl acetate
  • (3 E,5 Z)-3,5-tetradecadienyl acetate
  • (5 Z)-5-tetradecenyl acetate
  • Gelechiidae
  • Lepidoptera
  • Recurvaria leucatella
  • Recurvaria nanella
  • Sex attractant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biochemistry

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