Characterization of a Female-Produced Courtship Pheromone in the Parasitoid Nasonia vitripennis

@article{Steiner2006CharacterizationOA,
  title={Characterization of a Female-Produced Courtship Pheromone in the Parasitoid Nasonia vitripennis},
  author={Sven Steiner and Nadin Hermann and Joachim Ruther},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
  year={2006},
  volume={32},
  pages={1687-1702}
}
Males of the parasitoid Nasonia vitripennis (Walker) (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) show a characteristic courtship behavior. We demonstrate that male arrestment and key behavioral elements of the courtship sequence are mediated by a female-derived contact sex pheromone. Males were arrested on paper disks treated with female extracts but not on those treated with male extracts. Male responsiveness was influenced by the surface to which female extracts were applied. Extracts applied to an extracted… CONTINUE READING

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