Minor components modulate sensitivity to the pheromone antagonist Z11-14:Ac in male lightbrown apple moth, Epiphyas postvittana (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) in the field

  • Rachael M. Horner Plant & Food Research
  • Thomas E.S. Sullivan Plant & Food Research
  • Andrew M. Sporle Plant & Food Research
  • Lloyd D. Stringer Plant & Food Research
  • Lee-Anne M. Manning Plant & Food Research
  • Ashraf M. El-Sayed Plant & Food Research
  • David Maxwell Suckling Plant & Food Research
Keywords: Epiphyas postvittana, lightbrown apple moth, Lepidoptera, Tortricidae, pheromone, inhibitor, mating disruption


Epiphyas postvittana is a major horticultural pest in many countries, including New Zealand. Recently, two minor components (E)-11-tetradecen-1-ol and (E)-11-hexadecenyl acetate were found to increase the attraction of a previously identified two-component sex pheromone (95:5 blend of (E)-11-tetradecenyl acetate [E11-14:Ac] and (E,E)-9,11-tetradecadienyl acetate [E9,E11-14:Ac]) of Epiphyas postvittana. We hypothesised that the interaction between these minor components and the behavioural antagonist (Z)-11-tetradecenyl acetate (Z11-14:Ac) would modulate its antagonistic effect. The effect of increasing the ratio (0.5–10%) of Z11-14:Ac was tested in traps baited with E11-14:Ac and E9,E11-14:Ac (95:5), with or without the addition of the two minor compounds. Catch decreased as the percentage of Z11-14:Ac increased (χ2=108.74; d.f.=9; P<0.001). Overall, more moths were caught in traps baited with four- vs two-component lures (χ2=9.81; d.f.=1; P=0.002); in pair-level comparisons, significant differences in catch number between the two- and four-component lures were observed when the E11-14:Ac : Z11-14:Ac ratio was 99:1 (P=0.031) or 98:2 (P=0.047). The addition of the two minor components mitigated the reduced catch effect due to lower proportions of E11-14:Ac and the presence of 1–2% antagonist.


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How to Cite
Horner, R., Sullivan, T., Sporle, A., Stringer, L., Manning, L.-A., El-Sayed, A., & Suckling, D. (2018). Minor components modulate sensitivity to the pheromone antagonist Z11-14:Ac in male lightbrown apple moth, Epiphyas postvittana (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) in the field. New Zealand Plant Protection, 71, 293-298. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.30843/nzpp.2018.71.184
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