Use Sites:This registered manufacturing use product (MUP) is expected to be used initially in producing end products that attract and inactivate melon flies on such crops as melons, pumpkins, and zucchini in Hawaii. Target pests:Melon fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae (Coquilette) Application Methods:This cuelure product is approved only for use in manufacturing end products. Each end product needs to be approved by EPA before it can be legally distributed or sold. Descriptions:Cuelure is chemically related to the sex pheromone produced by female melon flies to attract males for mating. Pheromones are volatile chemicals produced by a given species to change the behavior of other individuals of the same species. In this case, cuelure will be initially used to attract male melon flies to prevent them from mating and producing the next fly generation. These flies are a pest in Hawaii and other parts of the world, although not currently in the continental United States. The name cuelure is derived from the Latin name of the target melon fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae (Coquilette). Cuelure is a colorless to pale yellow liquid with a raspberry-like odor. It volatilizes slowly. Tests show that cuelure attracts male melon flies more effectively than the unmodified sex pheromone.
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