Plant secondary compounds as oviposition deterrents for cabbage butterfly, Pieris rapae (Lepidoptera: Pieridae)

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Oviposition by Pieris rapae butterflies was deterred by spraying the plant secondary compounds coumarin and rutin on cabbage plants in greenhouse choice tests. In no-choice tests ranging from 5 min to 24 hr, acceptance of rutin-treated plants for oviposition increased with trial duration. Both coumarin and rutin deterred oviposition primarily by affecting prealighting rather than postalighting behavior, indicating that deterrence was mediated by noncontact cues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-316
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Chemical Ecology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 1987
Externally publishedYes



  • Cruciferae
  • Lepidoptera
  • Oviposition deterrence
  • Pieridae
  • Pieris rapae
  • cabbage
  • cabbage butterfly
  • coumarin
  • insect-plant interactions
  • oviposition behavior
  • plant secondary compounds
  • rutin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biochemistry

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