Chemical Signals from Host Plant and Sexual Behavior in a Moth

@article{Raina1992ChemicalSF,
  title={Chemical Signals from Host Plant and Sexual Behavior in a Moth},
  author={Ashok K. Raina and Timothy G. Kingan and Autar K. Mattoo},
  journal={Science},
  year={1992},
  volume={255},
  pages={592 - 594}
}
In the phytophagous corn earworm, Helicoverpa (Heliothis) zea, females delay their reproductive behaviors until they find a suitable host on which to deposit their eggs. Perception of volatile chemical signals from corn silk triggers the production of sex pheromone followed by its release, which leads to mating. Several natural corn silk volatiles, including the plant hormone ethylene, induced pheromone production in H. zea females. Because H. zea larvae feed on the fruiting parts of a wide… 
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