The Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann), is a major pest of fruits and vegetables in the world but, through an extensive trapping program, the continental United States has remained free of established populations. These traps are baited with 2 g of trimedlure which is highly attractive to the male flies. This study contrasts the effectiveness of trimedlure and a new attractant, ceralure, which is an iodo-analog of trimedlure. Field tests in Hawaii using released sterile flies showed that the most attractive B1 isomer of ceralure caught 2 to 3 times as many male flies per mg as did the most attractive C isomer of trimedlure.
Comparison of Ceralure and Trimedlure Attractants for the Male Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Diptera: Tephritidae)2
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B. A. Leonhardt, R. T. Cunningham, J. W. Avery, A. B. DeMilo, J. D. Warthen; Comparison of Ceralure and Trimedlure Attractants for the Male Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Diptera: Tephritidae). Journal of Entomological Science 1 April 1996; 31 (2): 183–190. doi: https://doi.org/10.18474/0749-8004-31.2.183
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