Methyl eugenol is a synthetic insect lure which has been used for the following:

  • Antifeedant activity toward larvae of Pieris rapae crucivora of phenolethers related to METHYL EUGENOL isolated from Artemisia capillaris.

  • METHYL EUGENOL mixed in different ratios with Cuelure is used as an attractant for melon fly (Cadus cucurbitae Coquillett). A mixture of 10% Cuelure and 90% METHYL EUGENOL showed the highest attractant activity and remained effective for >225 days in field tests.

  • The tendency of mail Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel) to re-visit a METHYL EUGENOL source following initial exposure.

  • Response of male oriental fruit fly, Dacus dorsalis Hendel, to colored plastic bucket traps baited with methyleugenol.

  • Eugenol / METHYL EUGENOL-containing plant extracts as cockroach attractants.

  • Enhanced duration of residual effectiveness against the oriental fruit fly of guava foliage treated with encapsulated insecticides and encapsulated METHYL EUGENOL.

  • Efficiency of METHYL EUGENOL as a male attractant for Dacus zonatus (Saunders) Diptera.

  • Male annihilation through mass-trapping of male flies with METHYL EUGENOL to reduce infestation of oriental fruit fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) larvae in papaya.

  • Influence of seasonal climatic factors on the development of the METHYL EUGENOL response in male Dacus Opiliae.

  • Trappings of the fruit flies, Dacus species (Diptera: Tephritidae) with METHYL EUGENOL in orchards.

  • Influence of age, nutrition and time of day on the responsiveness of male Dacus opiliae to the synthetic lure, METHYL EUGENOL.

  • Efficacy of METHYL EUGENOL as male attractant for Dacus dorsalis Hendel (Diptera: Tephritidae).

  • Attractancy of synthetic compounds related to METHYL EUGENOL for the oriental fruit fly and the melon fly.

  • Attractiveness of METHYL EUGENOL to the melon fly in Taiwan.

  • Use of METHYL EUGENOL for attraction and trapping of fruit fly.

Oriental Fruit Fly
(Dacus Dorsalis, Hendel)

Response of male oriental fruit fly (Dacus Dorsalis, Hendel) to
colored plastic bucket traps baited with METHYL EUGENOL


Specifications Sheet
SYNONYMS: 1,2-dimethoxy-4-allyl benzene; methyl eugenol; EME
CAS #: 93-15-2
OCCURRENCE: Found in Japanese calamus, laurel, betel, enodia, bay, hyacinth, canadian snakeroot, cassie Romaine, huon pine, tea-tree, citronella, pimento, and other oils, and in many oils in which eugenol occurs.
APPEARANCE: Colorless liquid
ODOR: Delicate clove-carnation character, being less powerful than that of eugenol.
SPECIFIC GRAVITY AT 25/25: 1.032 to 1.035
REFRACTIVE INDEX AT 20: 1.533 to 1.536
EUGENOL: Not more than 1% by GLC
STABILITY & DISCOLORATION: Rather stable, although it may oxidize; should not cause discoloration.
SOLUBILITY: Clearly soluble in 2 parts of 70% alcohol
STORAGE: Keep in full and well-closed containers..
USES: As a synthetic insect lure


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