Sex attractant for the gorse biocontrol agent <i>Agonopterix ulicetella</i> (Oecophoridae)


  • D.M. Suckling
  • A.R. Gibb
  • H. Gourlay
  • P. Conant
  • C. Hirayama
  • R. Leen
  • G. Sz?cs



No easy and reliable method of detecting the establishment of the recentlyreleased gorse soft shoot moth (Agonopterix ulicetella) was available so we undertook to identify an attractant Pheromone sticky traps were baited with a wide range of lures based on sex attractants known from other species in the genus and trapping was conducted in Hawaii Several blends with compounds in common were successful at catching moths The most attractive blends were then used to determine whether the release of this biocontrol agent had been successful in New Zealand Ten moths were caught at a site in Canterbury in September 1999 with Z5decenyl acetate and Z7dodecenyl alcohol (11) This is the first time that sex attractants have been used to demonstrate the successful establishment of a biological control agent within a country Further tests in Hawaii have confirmed the above blend as highly attractive It is now available and suitable for monitoring the establishment and spread of this biocontrol agent elsewhere in New Zealand




How to Cite

Suckling, D., Gibb, A., Gourlay, H., Conant, P., Hirayama, C., Leen, R. and Sz?cs, G. 2000. Sex attractant for the gorse biocontrol agent &lt;i&gt;Agonopterix ulicetella&lt;/i&gt; (Oecophoridae). New Zealand Plant Protection. 53, (Aug. 2000), 66–70. DOI:




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