Free Access
Volume 24, Number 4, 1993
Page(s) 425 - 430
Apidologie 24 (1993) 425-430
DOI: 10.1051/apido:19930409

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