The parasitoidCotesia glomerata (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) discriminates between first and fifth larval instars of its hostPieris brassicae, on the basis of contact cues from frass, silk, and herbivore-damaged leaf tissue

@article{Mattiacci2005ThePG,
  title={The parasitoidCotesia glomerata (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) discriminates between first and fifth larval instars of its hostPieris brassicae, on the basis of contact cues from frass, silk, and herbivore-damaged leaf tissue},
  author={Letizia Mattiacci and Marcel Dicke},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
  year={2005},
  volume={8},
  pages={485-498}
}
Adult females of the larval parasitoidCotesia glomerata (L.) respond to chemical cues associated with feeding damage inflicted on cabbage plants by its host,Pieris brassicae (L.). The use of these infochemicals by the parasitoid during selection of the most suitable host instar was investigated. The parasitoid can successfully parasitize first-instar host larvae, while contacts with fifth-instar larvae are very risky since these caterpillars react to parasitization attempts by biting, spitting… CONTINUE READING