Activity: Pheromone Lures

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In this activity, students learn how pheromone lures and traps work to monitor and control pests. Students are given different bags with scents in them, the “females” with one scent are instructed to select a “male” with a different scent. Then, the instructor reveals that the same scent-based attraction can be used to lure certain insects into traps. There is also a discussion of pheromones as a resource in pest management, by revealing some males to be infertile.
This experiment may not be suitable for those with a sensitivity to smell or cooking oils.

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NGSS STEM Practices



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1 review for Activity: Pheromone Lures

  1. LessonHiveAdmin

    This is a very clever way to introduce the concept of pheromones, sterile males, and trapping through a game. We would like to see a bit more in the lesson in terms of discussion and connections to real world applications; perhaps an associated reading? Adding NGSS alignment would also be helpful.

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