Trans-2-Hexenal: Mating Stimulant for Polyphemus Moths

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Science  06 Oct 1967:
Vol. 158, Issue 3797, pp. 139-141
DOI: 10.1126/science.158.3797.139


The volatile compound from oak leaves which stimulates the female polyphemus moth to release her sex pheromone has been isolated and identified as trans-2-hexenal. Although leaves of other food plants contain trans-2-hexenal, they also release masking odors which block the activity of the hexenal.