0476 Male-produced aggregation pheromone of the cerambycid beetle Rosalia funebris

Monday, November 17, 2008: 10:35 AM
Room A11, First Floor (Reno-Sparks Convention Center)
Ann M. Ray , Department of Entomology, University of California-Riverside, Riverside, CA
Ian P. Swift , Placerita Canyon Nature Center, Newhall, CA
J. Steven McElfresh , Entomology, University of California, Riverside, CA
James D. Barbour , Parma R & E Center, University of Idaho, Parma, ID
Jocelyn G. Millar , University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA
Lawrence M. Hanks , Department of Entomology, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
We report the identification, synthesis, and field bioassays of the volatile male-produced aggregation pheromone of a longhorned beetle, the banded alder borer, Rosalia funebris Mots. Extracts of headspace volatiles from males contained a major male-specific compound, (Z)-3-decenyl (E)-2-hexenoate, and several minor components. The antennae of both males and females responded strongly to (Z)-3-decenyl (E)-2-hexenoate, and we attracted significant numbers of adult R. funebris in field bioassays using traps baited with this compound. This pheromone structure is unprecedented in the literature of cerambycid pheromones and distinct from the more common diol/hydroxyketone pheromone motif of many other species of the diverse subfamily Cerambycinae. This is also the first pheromone identified for a species in the tribe Rosaliini.

doi: 10.1603/ICE.2016.36232