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Specialized cells tag sexual and species identity in Drosophila melanogaster
The results identify a common mechanism for sexual and species recognition regulated by cuticular hydrocarbons, and provide direct evidence that a single compound is used to communicate female identity among D. melanogaster, and to define a reproductive isolation barrier between D. pigmentaster and sibling species.
Conserved Class of Queen Pheromones Stops Social Insect Workers from Reproducing
The results show that queen pheromones are strikingly conserved across at least three independent origins of eusociality, with wasps, ants, and some bees all appearing to use nonvolatile, saturated hydrocarbons to advertise fecundity and/or suppress worker reproduction.
Polyene hydrocarbons and epoxides: a second major class of lepidopteran sex attractant pheromones.
  • J. Millar
  • Biology
    Annual review of entomology
  • 2000
Pheromone blends are created from components with different chain lengths, numbers of double bonds, and functional groups, or from mixtures of epoxide regioisomers or enantiomer, with several examples of synergism between enantiomers.
Identification of oviposition attractants for Culex quinquefasciatus from fermented Bermuda grass infusions.
Compounds which attract and stimulate oviposition by gravid Culex quinquefasciatus were isolated and identified from a fermented Bermuda grass infusion, and bioassays with individual compounds showed that only 3-methylindole consistently induced Oviposition.
Identification of Volatile Synomones, Induced by Nezara viridula Feeding and Oviposition on Bean spp., That Attract the Egg Parasitoid Trissolcus basalis
Findings indicate that N. viridula feeding and oviposition induce leguminous plants to produce blends of volatiles that are characterized by increased amounts of (E)-β-caryophyllene, and these blends attract female T. basalis females.
New controls investigated for vine mealybug
Insect growth regulators and nicotine-based insecticides provide good alternative pesticides for use in some vineyards and ongoing studies on the augmentative release of natural enemies and mating disruption show promise, but commercial products are not yet available to growers.
Sex Pheromone of the Mirid Bug Phytocoris relativus
The sex attractant pheromone produced by adult females of the mirid bug Phytocoris retativus has been identified as a 2:1 blend of hexyl acetate with (E)-2-octenyl butyrate, and the function(s) of these chemicals were not determined.
Sex Pheromone of the Plant Bug Phytocoris californicus (Heteroptera: Miridae)
The sex attractant pheromone produced by adult females of the mirid bug Phytocoris californicus Knight has been identifed as a 2:1 blend of hexyl acetate and E 2-octenyl acetate. The pheromone is
A Single Gene Affects Both Ecological Divergence and Mate Choice in Drosophila
It is shown that methyl-branched cuticular hydrocarbons (mbCHCs) are a dual trait that affects both desiccation resistance and mate choice in Drosophila serrata, and suggested that ecologically influenced changes in the production of mbCHCs have contributed to reproductive isolation between the two species.