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Identification of the female-produced sex pheromone of the scarab beetle, Hoplia equina
Hoplia equina LeConte (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae) is a beetle pest of cranberry beds in Massachusetts. Larvae feed on the roots of the cranberry plant, reducing yield as well as vine density. The female sex pheromone was identified as 2-tetradecanone. There were eight compounds found in the airborne volatiles collected from females that elicited antennal responses from males. Of the eight compounds tested (nonanal, decanal, dodecanal, 2-dodecanone, 2-tridecanone, 2-tetradecanone, 2-pentadecanone, and 2-hexadecanone), 2-tetradecanone was the only one that attracted male beetles in the field. Combining any of the other seven antennally active compounds with 2-tetradecanone did not increase male capture.
Robbins, Paul S.
Averill, Anne L.
Weber, Donald C.
Linn, Charles E. Jr.
Roelofs, Wendell L.
Villani, Michael G.
Journal of chemical ecology 2003 July, v. 29, no. 7
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