Defense in Thrips: Forbidding Fruitiness of a Lactone

  title={Defense in Thrips: Forbidding Fruitiness of a Lactone},
  author={D. F. Howard and M. Blum and H. Fales},
  pages={335 - 336}
  • D. F. Howard, M. Blum, H. Fales
  • Published 1983
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Expulsion of anal fluid from the upturned abdomen was demonstrated to serve a defensive function in the thrips Bagnalliella yuccae. An allomone in the anal exudate was identified as γ-decalactone, a fruity-smelling compound that repelled potential predators. Chemical defenses may contribute to the ability of thrips to maintain large aggregations. 
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