Insect Mating Behavior: Endocrine Control of a Chemical Communication System

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Science  20 Aug 1965:
Vol. 149, Issue 3686, pp. 882-883
DOI: 10.1126/science.149.3686.882


Experiments on several species of moths and cockroaches indicate that the production of sex pheromone (a male attractant) in virgin females is under endocrine control in some species but not in others. The presence or absence of endocrine control over pheromone production may be correlated with the type of life cycle exhibited.