Evading plant defence: Infestation of poisonous milkweed fruits (Asclepiadaceae) by the fruit fly Dacus siliqualactis (Diptera: Tephritidae)

@article{Schneider2017EvadingPD,
  title={Evading plant defence: Infestation of poisonous milkweed fruits (Asclepiadaceae) by the fruit fly Dacus siliqualactis (Diptera: Tephritidae)},
  author={M. Schneider and C. Wunder and E. Reuss and S. Toennes and D. Mebs},
  journal={Toxicon},
  year={2017},
  volume={139},
  pages={13–19}
}
ABSTRACT To cope with toxic metabolites plants use for defence, herbivorous insects employ various adaptive strategies. For oviposition, the fruit fly Dacus siliqualactis (Tephritidae) uses milkweed plants of the genus Gomphocarpus (Asclepiadaceae) by circumventing the plant's physical (gluey latex) and chemical (toxic cadenolides) defence. With its long, telescope‐like ovipositor, the fly penetrates the exo‐ and endocarp of the fruit and places the eggs on the unripe seeds located in the… Expand

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