Behavior: The Impact of Ecology and Physiology

Part of the Contemporary Topics in Entomology book series (COTE, volume 2)


Chapter 4 dealt with the mechanisms of host-plant selection by standard insects, yet many factors in the environment as well as physiological demands from within the insect influence the host choices actually made. The ecological factors include biotic elements such as interactions with other insects as well as abiotic elements, such as temperature and wind. The physiological factors include changing nutrient requirements during development, and changing preferences over shorter time intervals depending on physiological state. These influences may completely alter what an insect chooses as a host, and override basic preferences found under standard conditions. This chapter deals with the variety of external and internal factors that interact with the basic mechanisms of host-plant selection discussed in Chapter 4.


Host Plant Food Selection Phytophagous Insect Host Choice Cabbage Butterfly 
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