Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 25, Issue 11, pp 2445–2454 | Cite as

Experience-Dependent Modification of Orientational Response to Olfactory Cues in Larvae of Spodoptera littoralis

  • Mikael A. Carlsson
  • Peter Anderson
  • Elke Hartlieb
  • Bill S. Hansson


In a behavioral dual-choice test the orientational response of third-instar larvae of Spodoptera littoralis to a certain odor could be increased, following a former experience of the odor. The odorants used were either the odor of a previously eaten host plant or a synthetic plant odor presented in conjunction with food. Inexperienced third-instar larvae were either neutral or demonstrated a weak attraction to the odors, whereas experienced larvae were highly attracted. Furthermore it was demonstrated that the larvae did not generalize between the odor previously experienced and a novel odor.

Spodoptera littoralis larvae olfaction orientation induction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mikael A. Carlsson
    • 1
  • Peter Anderson
    • 2
  • Elke Hartlieb
    • 1
    • 3
  • Bill S. Hansson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EcologyLund UniversityLundSweden
  2. 2.Department of Plant Protection SciencesSwedish University of Agricultural SciencesAlnarpSweden
  3. 3.Max-Planck-Institut für VerhaltensphysiologieSeewiesenGermany

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