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J Chem Ecol. 1984 Apr;10(4):561-8. doi: 10.1007/BF00994221.

Volatile compounds from the predatory insectPodisus maculiventris (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) : Male and female metathoracic scent gland and female dorsal abdominal gland secretions.

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USDA-ARS, Insect Physiology Laboratory, Bldg. 467, BARC-East, 20705, Behsville, Maryland.


In the predatory spined soldier bug,Podisus maculiventris, the dorsal abdominal glands are much smaller in adult females than males. Females produce a mixture of (E)-2-hexenal, (E)-2-octenal, (E)-2-hexenoic acid, benzaldehyde, and nonanal in these glands. The female dorsal abdominal gland secretion may be a close-range pheromone since the dorsal abdominal gland secretion from males has been shown to be a long-range aggregation pheromone in this species. The metathoracic scent gland secretions of male and female spined soldier bugs are apparently identical, and similar to that of other pentatomids, except for the presence of the monoterpene alcohol, linalool.


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