Dioxane and Dioxaspiro Derivatives as Attractants for Male Yellow-Fever Mosquitoes1

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Among 70 candidate attractants tested for their vapor effect on male Aedes aegypti (L.). When volatilized from aqueous solution in the laboratory, only 2 were significantly attractive, and they were both derivatives of 2-phenyl-m-dioxane. From a total of 32 dioxane or dioxaspiro derivatives tested, 19 proved to be significantly attractive. The most active of them, diethyl dioxaspiro (5.5) undecane, attracted 4 times as many as the water control. Carbon dioxide activated, while warmth and moisture attracted, the male mosquitoes.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1969

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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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