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Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 19, Issue 7, pp 1587–1594 | Cite as

Aristolochic acids fromThottea spp. (Aristolochiaceae) and the osmeterial secretions of Thottea-feeding troidine swallowtail larvae (Papilionidae)

  • Ritsuo Nishida
  • Jason D. Weintraub
  • Paul Feeny
  • Hiroshi Fukami
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Abstract

Two aristolochiaceous plants in the genusThottea were shown to contain aristolochic acids. Larvae of two Malaysian troidine swallowtail butterflies,Troides (Troides) amphrysus andPachliopta (Losaria) neptunus, that fed onThottea leaves were found to sequester corresponding aristolochic acid analogs in the osmeterial glands.

Key Words

Aristolochic acid Aristolochiaceae Thottea osmeteria swallowtail butterfly Papilionidae Troides Pachliopta Lepidoptera defense 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ritsuo Nishida
    • 1
  • Jason D. Weintraub
    • 2
  • Paul Feeny
    • 2
  • Hiroshi Fukami
    • 1
  1. 1.Pesticide Research Institute Faculty of AgricultureKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Section of Ecology and Systematics, Corson HallCornell UniversityIthaca

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