Diuresis in Adult Heliothis Zea: Neural and Humoral Regulation
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.
KeywordsHormonal Control Normal Weight Loss Abdominal Ganglion Monarch Butterfly Diuretic Response
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