A Pheromone from Male Screw-Worm Flies

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When a volatile substance collected from male screw-worm flies, Cochliomyia hominivorax (Coquerel), was presented to unmated female flies, a distinctive behavioral response was produced. Wing fluttering and preening activities increased immediately. Soon thereafter exploratory “searching” movements were initiated, and these movements intensified until bodily contacts resembling the mating “strike” of males were noted. Females 6 days old were more responsive than younger or older flies. Mated female and virgin male flies were not affected by the substance, which appears to be olfactorily active sex pheromone.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1966

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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