• Paul W. Schaefer1,
  • Ming Jiang2,
  • Regine Gries3,
  • Gerhard Gries3,
  • Jinquan Wu4
  • 14 Dare Drive, Elkton, Maryland 21921 USA
  • 2Shuangzhen Forestry Farm, Guixi City, Jiangxi Province, China
  • 3Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
  • 4Department of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, 19711 USA


Our objective was to investigate potential sex attractants for Lymantria schaeferi Schintlmeister (Lexpidoptera: Erebidae: Lymantriinae). In a field trapping experiment deployed in the Wuyi Mountains near Xipaihe, Jiangxi Province, China, traps were baited with synthetic sex pheromone of congeners L. dispar [(+)-disparlure], L. xylina [(+)-xylinalure] or L. monacha [a blend of (+)-disparlure, (+)-monachalure and 2-methyl-Z7-octadecene]. Traps baited with (+)-xylinalure captured 24 males of L. schaeferi, whereas traps baited with (+)-disparlure captured two males of L. dispar asiatica. These findings support molecular evidence that L. schaeferi is more closely related to L. xylina, which uses (+)-xylinalure for sexual communication, than it is to L. dispar asiatica, which uses (+)-disparlure for sexual communication. These findings also support the conclusion that L. schaeferi and L. dispar asiatica are sympatric in the Wuyi Mountains.


  • Sex pheromone
  • small sticky traps
  • Wuyi Mountains
  • forest habitat
  • Lymantria xylina
  • Lymantria dispar asiatica
  • disparlure

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