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Cuticular Hydrocarbons as Contact Sex Pheromone in the Parasitoid Wasp Urolepis rufipes

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Ruther, Joachim ; Würf, Josef ; Pokorny, Tamara ; Wittbrodt, Johannes ; Millar, Jocelyn G.
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The cuticle of virtually any insect is covered by a thin layer of cuticular hydrocarbons (CHCs) typically consisting of a complex mixture of n-alkanes, methyl-branched alkanes, and unsaturated hydrocarbons. Apart from their putative primary function as a desiccation barrier, CHCs are used by insects for communication. In many species of parasitoid wasps, males use CHCs to recognize females, and ...


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