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Title: Capture of noctuid moths in Florida with floral compounds

item Meagher, Robert - Rob

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/13/2008
Publication Date: 11/13/2008
Citation: Meagher Jr, R.L. 2008. Capture of noctuid moths in Florida with floral compounds. Meeting Abstract.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Migratory moths are serious pests of several agricultural crops in the southeast, including sweet corn, field corn, cotton, peanuts, turfgrasses and pasture grasses. Monitoring for these pests have traditionally included pheromone traps which only attract and capture male moths. Research in Florida has shown that the floral volatile compound phenylacetaldehyde (PAA) attracts both male and female moths. Further research has shown that PAA in combination with other floral compounds such as cis-jasmone, linalool, benzyl acetate, limonene, linalool, beta-myrcene, methyl salicylate, and methyl-2-methoxy benzoate all increased captures of some moth species. Overall, PAA plus beta-myrcene appeared to be the strongest floral chemical combination for pest species trapped.