, Volume 51, Issue 7, pp 753–756 | Cite as

Alkaloidal oviposition stimulants for a danaid butterfly,Ideopsis similis L., from a host plant,Tylophora tanakae (Asclepiadaceae)

  • K. Honda
  • A. Tada
  • N. Hayashi
  • F. Abe
  • T. Yamauchi


Chemicals releasing oviposition by an Asclepiadaceae feeder,Ideopsis similis, were identified from a host plant,Tylophora tanakae. A strong positive response was evoked by a methanolic extract of the plant, which proved to contain multiple stimulants. A mixture of two phenanthroindolizidine alkaloids, (+)-isotylocrebrine and (−)-7-demethyltylophorine, isolated from organic fractions, elicited significant ovipositional responses from females.

Key words

Oviposition stimulants Ideopsis similis Danaidae Tylophora tanakae Asclepiadaceae (+)-isotylocrebrine (−)-7-demethyltylophorine alkaloids 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Honda
    • 1
  • A. Tada
    • 1
  • N. Hayashi
    • 1
  • F. Abe
    • 2
  • T. Yamauchi
    • 2
  1. 1.Study of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Integrated Arts and SciencesHiroshima University
  2. 2.Faculty of Pharmaceutical SciencesFukuoka UniversityFukuoka(Japan)

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