Preliminary results of pheromone identification in Zygaena loti, and the potential for pheromones in burnet moth conservation.

Burman, J., Skeates, A., Cope, S., Lanteri, J-L., Fernandez-Grandon, M. and Hall, D. (2014) Preliminary results of pheromone identification in Zygaena loti, and the potential for pheromones in burnet moth conservation. In: International Symposium on the Zygaenidae, 17-21 September 2014, Mull, Scotland.

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Abstract

Zygaena loti scotica (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) is a threatened species endemic to Western Scotland. Its known distribution is currently limited to approximately 10km2 in Western Argyll, which are under careful management for the insect’s conservation as a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority species. In 2014, a small number of Z. loti were collected from Scotland and reared for pheromone identification. Headspace collection and gland extraction was carried out on two female moths, from which compounds were subsequently analysed by Gas Chromatogram Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS). Potential pheromone compounds eliciting an antennal response in males were assessed by GC-linked Electro-Antennographic-Detection (GC/EAD). Analyses revealed one potential compound present in female glands and headspace samples. Candidate pheromone lures were produced and tested at various sites in Western Argyll in order to determine behavioural responses of male Z. loti to a synthetic blend containing the previously identified compound. In this presentation the study is discussed as well as the potential for pheromones as a tool for monitoring and studying rare zygaenids.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Q Science
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > Geographical and Life Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Joseph Burman
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2014 16:54
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2014 14:12
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/12917

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