Close-Range Attraction of Female Oriental Fruit Moths to Herbal Scent of Male Hairpencils

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Science  18 Dec 1981:
Vol. 214, Issue 4527, pp. 1359-1361
DOI: 10.1126/science.214.4527.1359


A blend of ethyl trans-cinnamate, methyl 2-epijasmonate, methyl jasmonate, and (R)-(–)-mellein, identified from the hairpencils of male Oriental fruit moths, attracts sex pheromone-releasing females several centimeters away. The chemicals thereby duplicate the behavioral effect elicited by hairpencil-displaying males during courtship; the chemicals also produce the herbal scent emanating from the hairpencils.