, Volume 50, Issue 10, pp 969-971

Threshold and quantitative photoperiodic responses exist in an insect

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The photoperiodic response for the induction of adult diapause and that for the determination of nymphal body coloration were compared inPlautia stali Scott (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). The former was an all-or-none response with a distinct threshold, but the latter was a graded response which varied quantitatively with the photophase duration. The photoperiodic clock in this species is discussed.