Fine structure of selected mouthpart sensory organs of gypsy moth larvae

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  • Authors: Shields, Vonnie D.C.
  • Publication Year: 2011
  • Publication Series: Other
  • Source: In: McManus, Katherine A; Gottschalk, Kurt W., eds. 2010. Proceedings. 21st U.S. Department of Agriculture interagency research forum on invasive species 2010; 2010 January 12-15; Annapolis, MD. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-75. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 130.

Abstract

Gypsy moth larvae, Lymantria dispar (L.), are major pest defoliators in most of the United States and destroy millions of acres of trees annually. They are highly polyphagous and display a wide host plant preference, feeding on the foliage of hundreds of plants, such as oak, maple, and sweet gum. Lepidopteran larvae, such as the gypsy moth, depend largely on their gustatory and olfactory sensory organs (sensilla) to find food sources. Feeding behavior is controlled by input from the mouthpart gustatory sensilla.

  • Citation: Shields, Vonnie D.C. 2011. Fine structure of selected mouthpart sensory organs of gypsy moth larvae. In: McManus, Katherine A; Gottschalk, Kurt W., eds. 2010. Proceedings. 21st U.S. Department of Agriculture interagency research forum on invasive species 2010; 2010 January 12-15; Annapolis, MD. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-75. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 130.
  • Posted Date: April 20, 2011
  • Modified Date: April 20, 2011
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