Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 17, Issue 9, pp 1783–1799 | Cite as

White alder and Douglas-fir foliage quality and interegg-mass influences on larval development of gypsy moth,Lymantria dispar

  • G. Joseph
  • J. C. Miller
  • R. E. Berry
  • J. Wernz
  • A. F. Moldenke
  • R. G. Kelsey


Individual families of gypsy moth collected from a single population exhibited different degrees of fitness when fed diets of white alder, a suitable broadleaf host, and Douglas-fir, an unsuitable conifer host. Members of families on diets of Douglas-fir had significantly lower survival, longer larval periods, lower pupal weights, and shorter pupal periods than members of the same families fed alder. Foliar nutritional quality, including nitrogen level and allelochemical composition (terpenes and phenols), was considered the key factor responsible for these differences. Growth parameters differed significantly for families within diet treatments, indicating that the genetic resources of a family did affect performance somewhat. The influence of a family's genetic resources on larval survival was most notable when larvae were under the greatest nutritional stress.

Key Words

Douglas-fir Pseudotsuga menziesii gypsy moth Lymantria dispar Lepidoptera Lymantriidae insect-host plant relations phenolics terpenes white alder Alnus rhombifolia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Joseph
    • 1
  • J. C. Miller
    • 1
  • R. E. Berry
    • 1
  • J. Wernz
    • 1
  • A. F. Moldenke
    • 1
  • R. G. Kelsey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EntomologyOregon State UniversityCorvallis

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