Optimization of a phenylacetaldehyde-based attractant for common green lacewings (Chrysoperla carnea s.l.)

Miklós Tóth, Ferenc Szentkirályi, József Vuts, Agostino Letardi, Maria Rosaria Tabilio, Gunnhild Jaastad, Geir K. Knudsen

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In field trapping tests, the catch of Chrysoperla carnea sensu lato (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae) increased when acetic acid was added to lures with phenylacetaldehyde. The addition of methyl salicylate to the binary mixture of phenylacetaldehyde plus acetic acid increased catches even further. The ternary blend proved to be more attractive than β-caryophyllene, 2-phenylethanol, or 3-methyl eugenol (compounds previously described as attractants for chrysopids) on their own, and no influence on catches was recorded when these compounds were added as fourth components to the ternary blend. There were minimal changes in activity when (E)-cinnamaldehyde or methyl anthranylate (both evoking large responses from female or male antennae of C. carnea in this study) were added, although both compounds showed significant attraction on their own when compared to unbaited traps. In subtractive field bioassays with the ternary mixture, it appeared that the presence of either phenylacetaldehyde or methyl salicylate was important, whereas acetic acid was less so in the ternary mixture. The ternary blend attracted both female and male lacewings at sites in southern, central, and northern Europe. Possible applications of a synthetic attractant for lacewings are discussed. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449 - 458
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Chemical Ecology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biochemistry

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Tóth, M., Szentkirályi, F., Vuts, J., Letardi, A., Tabilio, M. R., Jaastad, G., & Knudsen, G. K. (2009). Optimization of a phenylacetaldehyde-based attractant for common green lacewings (Chrysoperla carnea s.l.). Journal of Chemical Ecology, 35(4), 449 - 458. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10886-009-9614-8