Toward Robotic Applications of Insect Sex Pheromone-Searching Behavior: Lessons from the Silkmoth

  • Noriyasu AndoEmail author
  • Poonsup Pansopha Kono
Part of the Entomology Monographs book series (ENTMON)


The sex pheromone-searching behavior of insects is innate and highly reproducible. Therefore, pheromone-searching behavior has been an excellent model for understanding the odor-searching strategies of animals. Furthermore, pheromone-searching behavior has attracted the attention of engineers, aiming at developing autonomous odor-searching robots. In this chapter, we will first explain the fundamental strategy of pheromone-searching behavior used by insects, and then review recent advances in knowledge about the searching strategy of our model insect, the silkmoth (Bombyx mori), in terms of visual and olfactory integration. We next introduce our recent studies on a silkmoth-driven hybrid robot and show how silkmoths adaptively behave in challenging circumstances. Lastly, we discuss the future direction of biomimetic approaches to robotic odor searching.


Pheromone-searching behavior Odor-searching robot Bombyx mori 



We are grateful to Professor Ryohei Kanzaki for supervising the studies introduced in this chapter. We also thank Dr. Michiyo Kinoshita for technical guidance during the neuroanatomical study on the visual pathways in the brain.


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  1. 1.Research Center for Advanced Science and TechnologyUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Systems Life EngineeringMaebashi Institute of TechnologyGunmaJapan

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