Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 31, Issue 6, pp 1325–1337 | Cite as

Sources of Chemical Signals which Enhance Multiparasitism Preference by a Cleptoparasitoid

  • Bruno Jaloux
  • Christine Errard
  • Nathalie Mondy
  • Fabrice Vannier
  • Jean Paul Monge


The cleptoparasitoid Eupelmus vuilleti recognizes and prefers laying on hosts parasitized by Dinarmus basalis to unparasitized hosts. This recognition is based on the perception of a chemical substance deposited on the surface of the seed. Dufour’s gland secretion and cuticular hydrocarbons of D. basalis are attractive and may mediate the host discrimination. This activity is linked to a mixture of linear and methyl alkanes whose source is apparently the Dufour’s gland.

Key Words

Eupelmus vuilleti Dinarmus basalis hymenoptera eupelmidae pteromalidae cleptoparasitoid interspecific discrimination Dufour’s gland venom gland cuticle hydrocarbons 



We gratefully acknowledge Abraham Hefetz for help in GC-MS analysis and Sean Pardo de Zela and Sophie Camson for proofreading the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruno Jaloux
    • 1
  • Christine Errard
    • 1
  • Nathalie Mondy
    • 1
  • Fabrice Vannier
    • 1
  • Jean Paul Monge
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut de Recherche sur la Biologie de l’Insecte (UMR CNRS 6035)ToursFrance

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