Journal of Insect Behavior

, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp 773–781 | Cite as

Statistical analysis of insect preference in two-choice experiments

  • J. Vaillant
  • S. Derridj


Many studies of insect behavior in relation to chemicals from different plants require the use of statistical tests for determining whether attraction, repulsion, or neutrality is significant. In this paper, we propose a simple and efficient nonparametric statistical procedure for testing hypotheses about insect preference in two-choice experiments with individual insects. Three criteria are provided in order to detect the following alternatives to neutrality: (i) general attraction (or repulsion) in a sample population, (ii) strong variability of the individual responses, and (iii) slight but similar behavioral effects. Illustrations are given from two-choice experiments concerning the European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalisHbn.) female's oviposition behavior.

Key words

statistical tests Monte Carlo behavior choice oviposition preference Ostrinianubilalis 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Vaillant
    • 1
  • S. Derridj
    • 2
  1. 1.UFR Sciences exactes et naturellesUniversité des Antilles-GuyanePointe-à-pitre Cedex
  2. 2.Laboratory of Zoology, INRA-VersaillesVersailles CedexFrance

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