Douglas-fir tussock moth: sex pheromone identification and synthesis

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Science  04 Apr 1975:
Vol. 188, Issue 4183, pp. 63-64
DOI: 10.1126/science.1114342


The sex pheromone of the Douglass-fir tussock moth Orgyia pseudotsugata (McDunnough) has been isolated and identified as (Z)-6-heneicosen-11-one. This compound and its E isomer have been synthesized and are highly potent in laboratory bioassays and field trials.