Learning in the nectar foraging behaviour of Helicoverpa armigera

Cunningham, J.P., West, S.A., & Wright, D.J. (1998) Learning in the nectar foraging behaviour of Helicoverpa armigera. Ecological Entomology, 23(4), pp. 363-369.

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Abstract. 1. Learning may enable insects to obtain nectar from flowers more efficiently. Learning in nectar foraging has been shown primarily in studies of bees and butterflies. Here, learning is demonstrated in the nectar foraging behaviour of a noctuid moth, Helicoverpa armigera.

  1. The present studies show that: (1) previous experience with a flowering host species increases the probability of that species being selected for nectar foraging, and (2) previous experience of a particular flower type (food source at bottom or top of the corolla tube) increases the likelihood of the food source being found when that flower type is being searched.

  2. The implications of these findings for understanding the pattern of oviposition observed in wild populations of this important pest species are discussed.

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ID Code: 60984
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Bollworm, Feeding, Fforaging, Learning, Nectar
DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2311.1998.00149.x
ISSN: 1365-2311
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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1998 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Deposited On: 03 Jul 2013 23:34
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2013 00:07

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