d-(+)-Pinitol, an oviposition stimulant for the pipevine swallowtail butterfly, Battus philenor

Daniel R. Papaj, Paul Feeny, Kusum Sachdev-Gupta, Lorraine Rosenberry

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Oviposition by females of the pipevine swallowtail butterfly, Battus philenor, was stimulated by contact with alcoholic extracts of host foliage. d-(+)-Pinitol was isolated and identified from leaf material of one host species, Aristolochia macrophylla (Aristolochiaceae). In combination with chloroform-soluble components of host leaf material, this compound was comparable to the parent extract in stimulating oviposition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)799-815
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Chemical Ecology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 1992



  • Aristolochia macrophylla
  • Aristolochiaceae
  • Battus philenor
  • Lepidoptera
  • Papilionidae
  • cyclitols
  • d-pinitol
  • learning
  • myo-inositol
  • oviposition stimulant
  • sequoyitol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biochemistry

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