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Synthetic female decoys might be the next big thing in male insect zapping

16
Sep
2014

When trying to curb the the spread of invasive insect species, one of the most important steps is actually being able to catch them. Typical traps, such as those use to catch the tree-ravaging emerald ash borer, use scents such as pheromones to attract males (males are easier to catch because of their mating behavior, which consists of following and landing on females). But scent-based traps arent ideal: they often require maintenance, and they dont let researchers know exactly how many insects theyve has caught.

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