Mother really knows best: host choice of adult phytophagous insect females reflects a within-host variation in suitability as larval food

@article{Wennstrm2010MotherRK,
  title={Mother really knows best: host choice of adult phytophagous insect females reflects a within-host variation in suitability as larval food},
  author={Anders Wennstr{\"o}m and Lena Niemi Hjulstr{\"o}m and Joakim Hj{\"a}lt{\'e}n and Riitta Julkunen-Tiitto},
  journal={Chemoecology},
  year={2010},
  volume={20},
  pages={35-42}
}
Non-random distribution patterns of specialized phytophagous insects on their hosts may depend on intraspecific differences in plant tissue quality, including nutrients and secondary compounds. Secondary compounds are involved in plant resistance, but are also important for the recognition and acceptability of plants as resources by specialized insects. If individuals within a plant species vary in their content of such secondary substances, there may also be qualitative differences between… CONTINUE READING