Sex Attractant Pheromone of the House Fly: Isolation, Identification and Synthesis

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Science  01 Oct 1971:
Vol. 174, Issue 4004, pp. 76-78
DOI: 10.1126/science.174.4004.76


A sex pheromone isolated from the cuticle and feces of the female house fly attracts the male fly; it has been identified as (Z)-9-tricosene. Chemical and biological comparisons of the natural and synthesized compounds show that they are identical.