Aggregation in yellow mealworms,Tenebrio molitor L. (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) larvae

@article{Weaver1989AggregationIY,
  title={Aggregation in yellow mealworms,Tenebrio molitor L. (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) larvae},
  author={David K Weaver and J. E. Mcfarlane and Inteaz Alli},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
  year={1989},
  volume={15},
  pages={1605-1615}
}
Late-instar larvalTenebrio molitor L. were found to be attracted to aqueous extracts of conspecific larval frass. The attraction was evident at both the individual and group level. The attraction of larval groups to frass indicated the possibility of an aggregation pheromone that would be chemically distinct in the mealworm environment. Chemical analysis of short carbon chain acids present in both the mealworm frass and the diet indicated that lactic acid was present in the mealworm frass only… CONTINUE READING

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