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Hydrocarbon Sex Pheromone in Tiger Moths (Arctiidae)

Wendell L. Roelofs and Ring T. Cardé
Science
New Series, Vol. 171, No. 3972 (Feb. 19, 1971), pp. 684-686
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1731469
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Hydrocarbon Sex Pheromone in Tiger Moths (Arctiidae)
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Abstract

2-Methylheptadecane is a sex pheromone compound in many sibling species of the Holomelina aurantiaca complex, in Holomelina laeta, and in Pyrrharctia isabella, which are all arctiids. Habitat preference, temporal distribution, and differing diurnal cycles help effect reproductive isolation among the species, but secondary sex pheromone chemicals are also suggested by the field studies.

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