Oviposition stimulants of aCitrus-feeding swallowtail butterfly,Papilio xuthus L
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- Nishida, R., Ohsugi, T., Kokubo, S. et al. Experientia (1987) 43: 342. doi:10.1007/BF01945578
A methanolic extract ofCitrus unshiu induces oviposition by females of aCitrus-feeding swallowtail butterfly,Papilio xuthus L. The chemical factors responsible for stimulating oviposition were isolated and characterized as 5-hydroxy-Nω-methyltryptamine, adenosine, vicenin-2, narirutin, hesperidin and rutin. An artificial blend of these six components elicited significant oviposition behavior, apparently identical to that induced by contact with intactCitrus leaves.