Seasonal Occurrence of Male Sesiidae in North Central Florida Determined with Pheromone Trapping Methods

  • J. L. Sharp
  • J. R. McLaughlin
  • J. James
  • T. D. Eichlin
  • J. H. Tumlinson


The seasonal occurrence of 20 species of male Sesiidae was determined in Alachua and Marion counties in north central Florida during 1975-77. Sticky traps were baited with the sex pheromones of the lesser peachtree borer, Synanthedon pictipes (Grote and Robinson), and the peachtree borer, Synanthedon (= Sanninoidea) exitiosa (Say), (E,Z)- and (Z,Z)-3, 13-octadecadien-1-ol acetate, respectively. These materials or the corresponding alcohols or binary mixtures of the acetates plus alcohols attracted 15 species of 25 currently recognized Sesiidae from Florida plus the following 5 species not reported before: Synanthedon decipiens (Hy. Edwards), Synanthedon fatifera Hodges, Carmenta bassiformis (Walker), Carmenta suffusata Englehardt, and Alcathoe carolinensis Engelhardt.
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