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Regulation of Sex Pheromone Titer in Mated Gypsy Moth Females

  • J. M. Giebultowicz
  • A. K. Raina
  • E. C. Uebel
Part of the Experimental and Clinical Neuroscience book series (ECN)

Abstract

Females of gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar, produce a sex pheromone, cis-2-decyl-3-(5-methylhexyl) oxirane, or disparlure, to attract their mates. After successful mating the females become nonreceptive to other males and commence oviposition. In Heliothis zea, it was reported that mating caused a rapid decline in the pheromone titer of the females but that the titer increased again on subsequent nights following the night of mating (Raina et al., 1986). The present study was initiated to investigate the fate of the sex pheromone in mated gypsy moth females and to determine the mechanism through which the switch from virgin to mated behavior operated.

Keywords

Gypsy Moth Constant Light Pheromone Production Castrate Male Bursa Copulatrix 
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References

  1. Giebultowicz J.M., Ridgway R.L. and Imberski R.B. (1989) Physiological basis for sterilizing effects of constant light in Lymantria dispar. Physiol. Entomol. (In press)Google Scholar
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  3. Raina A.K., Klun J.A., and Stadelbacher E.A. (1986) Diel periodicity and effect of age and mating on sex pheromone titer in Heliothis zea (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 79: 128–131.Google Scholar

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© The Humana Press Inc. 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. M. Giebultowicz
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. K. Raina
    • 1
  • E. C. Uebel
    • 1
  1. 1.Insect Chemical EcologyARS, USDABeltsvilleUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of ZoologyUniv. MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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