The Chemistry of Sexual Deception in an Orchid-Wasp Pollination System

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Science  17 Oct 2003:
Vol. 302, Issue 5644, pp. 437-438
DOI: 10.1126/science.1087835

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The “sexually deceptive” orchid Chiloglottis trapeziformis attracts males of its pollinator species, the thynnine wasp Neozeleboria cryptoides, by emitting a unique volatile compound, 2-ethyl-5-propylcyclohexan-1,3-dione, which is also produced by female wasps as a male-attracting sex pheromone.

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