Sex Pheromones of Lepidoptera. 42. Terrestrial Odor-Trail Following by Pheromone-Stimulated Males of Trichoplusia ni

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Males of many species of moths locate their mates by following aerial trails of female sex pheromone. Synthetic female sex pheromone of Trichoplusia ni (Hübner) (Noctuidae) was drawn in a line on a horizontal substrate. T. ni males, with wings removed, followed the resulting terrestrial trail on foot. These results indicate that the behavioral mechanisms used by flying moths in following aerial odor trails may be similar to those used by walking insects that follow terrestrial odor trails.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 15, 1973

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  • Annals of the Entomological Society of America is published in January, March, May, July, September, and November. Annals especially invites submission of manuscripts that integrate different areas of insect biology, and address issues that are likely to be of broad relevance to entomologists. Articles also report on basic aspects of the biology of arthropods, divided into categories by subject matter: systematics; ecology and population biology; arthropod biology; arthropods in relation to plant diseases; conservation biology and biodiversity; physiology, biochemistry, and toxicology; morphology, histology, and fine structure; genetics; and behavior.
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