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Effect of female age on daily cycle of sexual pheromone emission in gregarious egg parasitoid Anaphes listronoti. 1998. Cormier, D.; Royer, L.; Vigneault, C.; Panneton, B.; Boivin, G. Journal of Chemical Ecology 24: 1595-1610.

Year: 1998

Issued by: Atlantic Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 6023

Language: English

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Abstract

The temporal pattern of pheromone emission by Anaphes listornoti females was established in a four-arm olfactometer by observing, at 2-hr intervals, the response of <2-hr-old males to odor produced by individual virgin females of <1, 1, and 2 days of age. This is the first evidence of a sexual pheromone in a Mymaridae. Under a 16L : 8D photoperiod and 24 C constant temperature, the responsiveness of males to females of different ages varied significantly during the photophase. When <1-day-old females were used, males made significantly more final choices in the pheromone field than odorless fields at 4 and 6 hr after the onset of the photophase, and their walking speed was significantly higher from 4 to 12 hr, suggesting that females began to release a long-range pheromone during this period. Final choices and high walking speed were observed earlier with 1- and 2-day-old females than with <1-day-old females, and there was a significant decrease in male responses at 6 hr after the onset of the photophase, suggesting a bimodal temporal pattern of sexual pheromone emission.