female insects release a species-specific sex pheromone to attract
males for the purpose of mating. When male insects of the same species
detect the pheromone, they then orient themselves upwind in the
direction of the pheromone source and travel to it.
concept of mating disruption in insect pest management involves
the widespread release of synthetic sex pheromone over a target
crop to disrupt the premating communication between the sexes of
a given pest, resulting in a decrease of the pest’s density
in subsequent generations.
are several lepidopterous pests that have been managed at commercially
acceptable levels with the pheromone-mediated mating disruption