1. γ-Hexachlorocyclohexane, γ-pentachlorocyclohexene and δ-pentachlorocyclohexene were converted by houseflies and grass grubs into metabolites that had chromatographic properties identical with those of S-2,4-dichlorophenylglutathione. 2. The metabolism of γ-hexachlorocyclohexane and the pentachlorocyclohexene isomers was negligible in newly emerged blowflies, but increased over the next 10 days. 3. The metabolism of both γ-hexachlorocyclohexane and the pentachlorocyclohexene isomers was inhibited by simultaneous dosage with tetrabromophenolphthalein ethyl ester or Bromophenol Blue in both grass grubs and flies, but only the metabolism of pentachlorocyclohexenes in blowflies was stopped by simultaneous dosage with bis-(N-dimethylaminophenyl)methane. NN-Di-n-butyl-p-chlorobenzenesulphonamide had no effect on the metabolism of pentachlorocyclohexenes by blowflies. 4. The use of these inhibitors and colorimetric assays leads to the conclusion that a pentachlorocyclohexene is not a major intermediary metabolite of γ-hexachlorocyclohexane in these insects.

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