The Hormonal Control of Flight in the Milkweed Bug, Oncopeltus Fasciatus

  • M. A. Rankin


Insect migration has been described as a distinct physiological, behavioral and ecological syndrome (Kennedy 1961; Johnson 1963; Southwood 1962; Dingle 1972). It is usually post-teneral and pre-reproductive, most migrants being characterized by immature ovaries, hypertrophied fat bodies and often also by a positive phototaxis. Kennedy (1961) in his analysis of migratory behavior, indicated that response to migratory stimuli is generally accompanied by and dependent upon an internal inhibition of the ‘vegetative’ reflexes (such as feeding, mating, or oviposition) that will eventually arrest the movement. A migratory flight then, may be distinguished from a purely appetitive flight by a concomitant suppression of these vegetative activities.


Juvenile Hormone Ovarian Development Flight Muscle Flight Activity Flight Response 
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  • M. A. Rankin
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  1. 1.Harvard University Biological LaboratoriesCambridgeUSA

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