Field tests of synthetic Manduca sexta sex pheromone

James H. Tumlinson, Everett R. Mitchell, Robert E. Doolittle, D. Michael Jackson

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In field experiments traps were baited with live females or with a two-, four-, or eight-component blend of the 16-carbon aldehydes previously identified as components of the sex pheromone emitted by female Manduca sexta moths. The blends were formulated on rubber septa. Traps baited with a blend of all eight aldehydes captured more M. sexta males than any other treatment. Septa loaded with 600 μg of the eight-component blend were attractive to males for about seven days in the field. Septa loaded with the eight-component blend and stored in a refrigerator at 4°C for a year released the conjugated diene and triene aldehydes at the same rate as freshly prepared septa and were equally attractive in the field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)579-591
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Chemical Ecology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biochemistry


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