Cell and Tissue Research

, Volume 171, Issue 4, pp 523–533 | Cite as

Fine structure of the ocellus of the cabbage looper moth (Trichoplusia ni)

  • Matthew A. Dow
  • John L. Eaton


The dorsal ocelli of adult cabbage looper moths were studied by light microscopy, and scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Each ocellus has a cuticular lens located on the distal end of a cuticular cone which encapsulates the receptor cells. There are two distinct types of receptor cells in the ocellus. Seventy large receptor cells form plate-like rhabdoms with several adjacent cells to produce a rhabdom network in the ocellus. Proximally ninety small receptor cells which have a disorganized microvillar rhabdomere are located at the base of the rhabdoms formed by the large cells. Extensive areas of gap junctions which occur between the rhabdoms and the membranes of large and small cells suggest that the cells may be electrically coupled to one another. Axons from both large and small receptor cells leave the base of the ocellus and extend to the protocerebrum to synapse with second order neurons.

Key words

Dorsal ocellus Cabbage looper moth Fine structure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew A. Dow
    • 1
  • John L. Eaton
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EntomologyVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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