Learning in host selection in Helicoverpa armigera (Hubner) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)

Cunningham, J. Paul, Jallow, Mustapha F. A., Wright, Denis J. and Zalucki, Myron P. (1998) Learning in host selection in Helicoverpa armigera (Hubner) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Animal Behaviour, 55 1: 227-234. doi:10.1006/anbe.1997.0600

Author Cunningham, J. Paul
Jallow, Mustapha F. A.
Wright, Denis J.
Zalucki, Myron P.
Title Learning in host selection in Helicoverpa armigera (Hubner) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)
Formatted title
Learning in host selection in Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)
Journal name Animal Behaviour   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0003-3472
Publication date 1998-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1006/anbe.1997.0600
Volume 55
Issue 1
Start page 227
End page 234
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, U.K
Publisher Academic Press
Language eng
Subject 070308 Crop and Pasture Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds)
Formatted abstract
The effect of experience on pre- and post-alighting host selection in adult female Helicoverpa armigerawas tested in an indoor flight cage, and in a large greenhouse. The moths had experienced either tobacco or tomato plants (both are hosts of H. armigera) for 3 days, or were given no experience. Individuals were then released and their host selection assessed. All individuals caught in the greenhouse were identified and tested for post-alighting acceptance on each host. Experience significantly influenced both pre- and post-alighting host selection in ovipositing moths. This modification in behaviour is attributed to ‘learning’, and presents the first detailed evidence for learning in moths. Possible behavioural mechanisms involved are discussed, and a hypothesis is presented regarding learning in post-alighting host acceptance. The existence of learning in H. armigera, a highly polyphagous agricultural pest, is discussed in the light of current theories on environmental predictability and the advantages of learning.
© 1998 The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour
Keyword Behavioral Sciences
Heliothis-punctigera wallengren
Oviposition preference
Foraging behavior
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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