Courtship pheromone production and body size as correlates of larval diet in males of the arctiid moth,Utetheisa ornatrix

@article{Conner1990CourtshipPP,
  title={Courtship pheromone production and body size as correlates of larval diet in males of the arctiid moth,Utetheisa ornatrix},
  author={William E. Conner and Brendan Roach and Eric S Benedict and Jerrold Meinwald and Thomas Eisner},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
  year={1990},
  volume={16},
  pages={543-552}
}
Hydroxydanaidal, the corematal courtship pheromone of maleUtetheisa ornatrix, shows pronounced quantitative variation in natural populations of the moth. Males that, as larvae, fed on seed-bearing rather than immature food plants (Crotalaria spectabilis orC. mucronata) produce higher levels of hydroxydanaidal. Such males also have higher systemic loads of pyrrolizidine alkaloid, the known metabolic precursor of hydroxydanaidal, whichUtetheisa sequester from their larval diet and which is… CONTINUE READING

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