Female sex pheromone of the longhorn beetleMigdolus fryanus Westwood: N-(2′S)-methylbutanoyl 2-methylbutylamine

W. S. Leal, J. M. S. Bento, E. F. Vilela, T. M. C. Della Lucia
  • Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, September 1994, Springer Science + Business Media
  • DOI: 10.1007/bf01956471

Female sex pheromone of the beetle Migdolus fryanus

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The first known long-range female-released sex pheromone for the family Cerambycidae is reported fromMigdolus fryanus, a sugarcane pest in South America. Although two female-specific compounds, namely, N-(2′S)-methylbutanoyl 2-methylbutylamine and N-formyll-isoleucine methyl esters were identified, field tests with synthetic chemicals revealed that only the amide was active and that the amino acid derivative neither increased or decreased trap catches by the amide. This is the first identification of amide as a sex pheromone.

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