Neuroethology of oviposition behavior in the moth manduca sexta

Carolina E. Reisenman, Jeffrey A. Riffell, John G Hildebrand

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Abstract

Olfactory cues play decisive roles in the lives of most insect species, providing information about biologically relevant resources, such as food, mates, and oviposition sites. The nocturnal moth Manduca sexta feeds on floral nectar from a variety of plants (and thus serves as a pollinator), but females oviposit almost exclusively on solanaceous plants, which they recognize on the basis of olfactory cues. Plants, however, respond to herbivory by releasing blends of volatiles that attract natural enemies of herbivores. Thus, oviposition behavior probably results from the sensory evaluation not only of attractive host plant volatiles but also of repellent volatiles that indicate the acceptability or inappropriateness, respectively, of host plants for the females' offspring. Here we describe results from chemical-ecological, neurophysiological, and behavioral experiments aimed at understanding the neural mechanisms that control oviposition behavior in M. sexta.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Pages462-467
Number of pages6
Volume1170
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2009

Publication series

NameAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Volume1170
ISSN (Print)00778923
ISSN (Electronic)17496632

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Plant Nectar
Manduca
Oviposition
Moths
Herbivory
Experiments
Cues
Behavior Control
Insects
Sensory analysis
Food

Keywords

  • Herbivory
  • Insect
  • Manduca sexta
  • Moth
  • Olfaction
  • Oviposition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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Reisenman, C. E., Riffell, J. A., & Hildebrand, J. G. (2009). Neuroethology of oviposition behavior in the moth manduca sexta. In Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (Vol. 1170, pp. 462-467). (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences; Vol. 1170). https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.03875.x

Neuroethology of oviposition behavior in the moth manduca sexta. / Reisenman, Carolina E.; Riffell, Jeffrey A.; Hildebrand, John G.

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Vol. 1170 2009. p. 462-467 (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences; Vol. 1170).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Reisenman, CE, Riffell, JA & Hildebrand, JG 2009, Neuroethology of oviposition behavior in the moth manduca sexta. in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. vol. 1170, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, vol. 1170, pp. 462-467. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.03875.x
Reisenman CE, Riffell JA, Hildebrand JG. Neuroethology of oviposition behavior in the moth manduca sexta. In Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Vol. 1170. 2009. p. 462-467. (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences). https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.03875.x
Reisenman, Carolina E. ; Riffell, Jeffrey A. ; Hildebrand, John G. / Neuroethology of oviposition behavior in the moth manduca sexta. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Vol. 1170 2009. pp. 462-467 (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences).
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