Trans-beta-farnesene as a feeding stimulant for the sand fly Lutzomyia longipalpis (Diptera

Psychodidae).

R. B. Tesh, H. Guzman, M. L. Wilson

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Abstract

The aphid alarm pheromone, trans-beta-farnesene (TBF), was found to stimulate feeding in both male and female Lutzomyia longipalpis Lutz & Neiva. Four other structurally related compounds (farnesol; 808 farnesene; trans, trans-farnesyl acetate; farnesyl methyl ether) were slightly less stimulating to these insects. The effect of TBF varied with sand fly age and the concentration of the chemical used. In contrast, TBF did not stimulate feeding in either sex of four other sand fly species (L. shannoni Dyar, Phlebotomus papatasi (Scopoli), P. argentipes Annandale & Brunetti, P. perniciosus Newstead). TBF might be useful in enhancing L. longipalpis field collections or in developing a poison bait for the control of this species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)226-231
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Medical Entomology
Volume29
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Lutzomyia longipalpis
phagostimulants
Psychodidae
farnesene
Phlebotominae
Diptera
Farnesol
Phlebotomus
Phlebotomus argentipes
Aphids
Phlebotomus perniciosus
Poisons
Pheromones
Phlebotomus papatasi
farnesol
alarm pheromones
chemical concentration
Insects
baits
Aphidoidea

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Trans-beta-farnesene as a feeding stimulant for the sand fly Lutzomyia longipalpis (Diptera : Psychodidae). / Tesh, R. B.; Guzman, H.; Wilson, M. L.

In: Journal of Medical Entomology, Vol. 29, No. 2, 03.1992, p. 226-231.

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