oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The response of the males of Pterandrus rosa (Karsch) and Ceratitis capitata (Wied.) to synthetic Lures (Diptera Trypetidae)

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The experiments conducted by Ripley and Hepburn (1931, 1935) led to their suggestion that the male lure terpinyl acetate be used to assist in the direct control of the Natal fruit fly Pterandrus rosa (Karsch) in South Africa. It was suggested that the lure be diluted in whale or vegetable oil and exposed in traps in conjunction with traps containing pollard bait. These workers found that when used in this manner terpinyl acetate was also a strong lure for males of the Mediterranean fruit fly Ceratitis capitata (Wied.), but that with this species attraction could be reduced during cool weather.

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