Diuresis in Adult Heliothis Zea: Neural and Humoral Regulation

  • David W. Bushman
  • Judd O. Nelson
Part of the Experimental and Clinical Neuroscience book series (ECN)


Hormonal control of diuresis has been reported in approximately 20 insect species from 6 different orders (Maddrell, 1986). Studies of diuresis in Lepidoptera have been predominantly concerned with a post-eclosion diuretic response following emergence from the pupa to the adult (Nicolson, 1976; Dores et al., 1979: Nicolson, 1980; Bushman et al., 1986). Recently, a diuretic hormone has been identified in pharate adult Manduca sexta which stimulates post-eclosion diuresis in the butterfly Pieris rapae (Kataoka, et al., 1989). In these newly emerged insects, this diuretic response is responsible for a marked reduction in total body weight that may facilitate flight.


Hormonal Control Normal Weight Loss Abdominal Ganglion Monarch Butterfly Diuretic Response 
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© The Humana Press Inc. 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • David W. Bushman
    • 1
  • Judd O. Nelson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Entomology and Center for Agricultural BiotechnologyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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