Canadian Forest Service Publications

Variation in moth pheromones: causes and consequences. 2016. Allison, J.D.; Cardé, R.T. Chapter 3 in Pheromone Communication in moths: Evolution, Behaviour and Application, J.D. Allison and R.T. Cardé, editors. 414p.

Year: 2016

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 37258

Language: English

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This chapter summarizes the existing literature on quantitative and qualitative variation in female moth pheromone traits. The challenges associated with defining the complete blend are discussed as well as variation in the timing of mating in moths. Specific factors that are discussed include exogenous and endogenous factors, the selective forces that limit the mating window and mating rhythms in reproductive isolation. The causes of variation and types of variation in pheromone traits are discussed before the chapter ends with a discussion of the consequences of variation.