Submitted to: Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: May 27, 2005
Publication Date: July 25, 2005
Citation: Epsky, N.D., Dueben, B.D., Hight, S.D., Carpenter, J.E., Teal, P.E., Heath, R.R. 2005. Development of a pheromone-based synthetic attractant for the cactus moth. 88th Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting, Ft. Myers, FL. Technical Abstract: Chemical components of the female-produced pheromone were determined by extracting abdominal glands and by collecting volatile chemicals from calling females. Laboratory bioassays using olfactometers and flight tunnels determined that a three component blend was effective in producing a response in virgin male moths. Field tests were used to evaluate male response to traps baited with lures formulated at different dosages and blend ratios in comparison with traps baited with live virgin females.