Submitted to: Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/28/2003
Publication Date: 7/28/2003
Citation: Epsky, N.D., Dueben, B.D., Sivinski, J.M., Aluja, M., Teal, P.E., Heath, R.R. 2003. Evidence for Chemical Communication in the Mating Behavior of the Fruit Fly Parasitoid Diachasmimorpha Longicaudata (Hymenoptera, Braconidae). Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting.
Technical Abstract: Availability of a pheromone-based trapping system for parasitoids such as D. longicaudata would add a valuable tool to document successful use for biological control. Video analysis was used to record male-female interactions, olfactometer and windtunnel studies were used to evaluate response of virgin adults to opposite sex individuals, GC-MS was used to identify and quantify volatile chemicals released from calling insects, and response to synthetic formulations of putative pheromone components were evaluated.