Female Responses to Synthetic Pheromone and Plant Compounds in Agriotes brevis Candeze (Coleoptera: Elateridae)

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Vuts, J., Furlan, L. and Toth, M. 2018. Female Responses to Synthetic Pheromone and Plant Compounds in Agriotes brevis Candeze (Coleoptera: Elateridae). Journal of Insect Behavior. 31 (1), pp. 106-117. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10905-018-9668-y

AuthorsVuts, J., Furlan, L. and Toth, M.

Traps baited with synthetic pheromone components of Agriotes brevis [geranyl butanoate + (E,E)-farnesyl butanoate] captured significantly higher numbers of not only male, but also female beetles, compared to unbaited controls. Catches of both sexes showed a clear positive relationship with increasing doses. In electroantennogram tests, antennal responses of females and males to a number of known Agriotes pheromone components, identified from pheromone glands, showed a similar trend, with geranyl butanoate eliciting the strongest responses. This suggests that the female and male A. brevis antennae are similar with respect to the perception of pheromone compounds, and female beetles have the sensory capabilities to perceive the pheromone components which they produce. Addition of the plant-derived compounds (Z)-3-hexenyl acetate, methyl benzoate, (Z)-3-hexenol and methyl salicylate (identified earlier from foliage as attractive for A. brevis) to the synthetic pheromone significantly increased catches. All the above results suggest that geranyl butanoate and (E,E)-farnesyl butanoate are constituents of an aggregation pheromone of A. brevis, in contrast to the general view of click beetle pheromones being “classical” sex pheromones. These findings could be useful for more precise monitoring and forecasting of damage, based on female catches.

KeywordsAgriotes brevis; Geranyl butanoate; (E,E)-farnesyl butanoate; Female responses; Pheromone; Attractant
Year of Publication2018
JournalJournal of Insect Behavior
Journal citation31 (1), pp. 106-117
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s10905-018-9668-y
Web address (URL)https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10905-018-9668-y
Open accessPublished as non-open access
FunderHungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA)
Funder project or codeK104294
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Print16 Feb 2018
Publication process dates
Accepted11 Feb 2018
PublisherSpringer/plenum Publishers
Copyright licenseCC BY

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