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

Cunningham, J.P., Jallow, M.F.A., Wright, D.J., & Zalucki, M.P. (1998) Learning in host selection in Helicoverpa armigera (Hubner) (Lepidoptera : Noctuidae). Animal Behaviour, 55(1), pp. 227-234.

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The effect of experience on pre- and post-alighting host selection in adult female Helicoverpa armigera was 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. Copyright 1998 The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour.

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ID Code: 60983
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1006/anbe.1997.0600
ISSN: 1095-8282
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > ZOOLOGY (060800) > Animal Behaviour (060801)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 03 Jul 2013 04:17
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2016 23:41

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