Hormonal Control of Sex Attractant Production in the Cuban Cockroach

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Science  19 May 1961:
Vol. 133, Issue 3464, pp. 1598-1599
DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3464.1598


Virgin females of Byrsotria fumigata (Guérin) and several other species of Blattidae produce volatile substances which attract males and release in them characteristic precopulatory behavior. The removal of the corpora allata from females shortly after the imaginal molt results in a failure of production of sex attractant, as assayed by male behavior. Implantation of corpora allata can effect recovery.

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