volume 165, issue 1, P38-49 2017
DOI: 10.1111/eea.12622
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Giorgia Sollai, Maurizio Biolchini, Francesco Loy, Paolo Solari, Roberto Crnjar

Abstract: Abstract In herbivorous insects, host selection involves various sensory modalities (sight, smell, taste), but the contact chemoreceptors capable of detecting stimuli both from host and non‐host plants play an important role in the final steps of oviposition behavior. Female butterflies scratch and drum the leaf surface and taste the compounds present in plant saps with their tarsal chemosensilla. We assumed that tarsal taste sensitivity may be related to the breadth of host selection in ovipositing females o…

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