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New Techniques to Bioassay the Sex Attractant of Pink Bollworms with Olfactometers1,2,3

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The sex attractant of female pectinophora gossypiella (Saunders) contained in a methylene chloride extract of the abdominal tips of 5- to 8-day-old virgin females induced qualitative and quantitative changes in the response of virgin males in an olfactometer, and these changes were dependent on the age of the insect, the concentration of the extract, and the time of exposure. The clasper extension sion (a mating response) of the males was regulated by changes in the concentration of the crude extract, an indication that this female sex attractant may possibly act simultaneously but independently as a true attractant and as an aphrodisiac. Another possibility is that the male moths were attracted by the action of a volatile substance in the attractant but were stimulated to mate by another less volatile substance that acted like an aphrodisiac.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1968

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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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