Traps baited with pear ester and acetic acid attract both sexes of Hedya nubiferana (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae)

J. K. Jósvai, S. Koczor, M. Tóth

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This study was initiated with the objective of studying field responses of the green budworm moth, Hedya nubiferana (Haworth) (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae), to pear ester [PE; ethyl (E,Z)-2,4-decadienoate] and acetic acid (AA) with the aim of developing a lure attractive also for females. In the overwhelming majority of tests, traps baited with the PEAA lure (the combination of both PE and AA) caught more than traps baited with either of the constituents presented alone. PEAA lures were attractive to H. nubiferana no matter whether the two compounds were provided in separate dispensers or mixed together in a single one, and a large percentage (up to 71%) of trap catch consisted of females. Traps with PEAA lures caught (females plus males) on an average 30% of the catches in traps baited with the synthetic green budworm moth sex pheromone (only males). This suggested that the new PEAA lure had a trapping performance comparable with that of pheromone traps, which latter are used by farmers today. Consequently, the PEAA lure showed potential for future practical applications as a female-targeted lure for H. nubiferana. To our knowledge, this is the first well-documented report on the attraction of PEAA lure for a tortricid species other than codling moth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-90
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Entomology
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2016


  • Bait
  • Female attractant
  • Pheromone
  • Tortricidae
  • Trapping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science
  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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