Novel attractants of Galleria mellonella L (Lepidoptera Pyralidae Galleriinae)L. Türkera, I. Toganb, S. Ergezenc and M. Özera
a Middle East Technical University, Department of Chemistry, Ankara, Turkey
b Middle East Technical University, Department of Biology, Ankara, Turkey
c Marmara Universitesi, Egitim Fakültesi Bioloji Bölümü, Istanbul, Turkey
Abstract - Various synthetic esters were tested for their attractiveness to females of Galleria mellonella in comparison with n-nonanal, a component of the sex pheromone of Galleria mellonella. It has been shown that methyl octanoate, ethyl octanoate and methyl decanoate attract females. Particularly, methyl octanoate is as effective as n-nonanal in bioassay and could be a potential pest control agent.
Key words: Galleria mellonella / sex pheromone / attractant / chemical control