cis-Vaccenyl Acetate, A Female-Produced Sex Pheromone Component of Ortholeptura valida, A Longhorned Beetle in the Subfamily Lepturinae

Ann M. Ray, Alenka Žunič, Ronald L. Alten, J. Steven McElfresh, Lawrence M. Hanks, Jocelyn G. Millar

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Abstract

We report the identification, synthesis, and field bioassays of a female-produced sex attractant pheromone component of the cerambycid beetle Ortholeptura valida (LeConte). Headspace volatiles from females contained a female-specific compound, (Z)-11-octadecen-1-yl acetate, which elicited a strong response from antennae of adult males in coupled gas chromatography-electroantennogram analyses. In field bioassays, significant numbers of males were collected by traps baited with this compound. The pheromone represents a new structural class of cerambycid pheromones, and is the first pheromone identified for a cerambycid species in the subfamily Lepturinae.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-178
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Chemical Ecology
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2011

Keywords

  • (Z)-11-Octadecen-1-yl acetate
  • Cerambycidae
  • Sex pheromone
  • Woodborer
  • cis-Vaccenyl acetate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biochemistry

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