Regulatory Mechanisms in Insect Feeding

  • R. F. Chapman
  • Gerrit de Boer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Mechanics of Feeding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. J. G. Kingsolver, T. L. Daniel
      Pages 32-73
  3. Regulation of a Meal

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. R. F. Chapman
      Pages 101-136
    3. S. J. Simpson
      Pages 137-156
    4. E. E. Davis, W. G. Friend
      Pages 157-189
    5. W. F. Tjallingii
      Pages 190-209
  4. Long-Term Regulation of Feeding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. S. J. Simpson, D. Raubenheimer, P. G. Chambers
      Pages 251-278
    3. E. A. Bernays
      Pages 279-306
    4. L. Barton Browne
      Pages 307-342
  5. Methods of Controlling Insect Feeding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 343-343
    2. J. L. Frazier, S. Chyb
      Pages 364-381
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 383-398

About this book


The only book to deal comprehensively with insect feeding was published by C. T. Brues in 1946. His Insect Dietary was an account of insect feeding habits. Since that time there has been a revolution in biology, and almost all aspects of our understanding of insect feeding have expanded to an extent and into areas that would have been unthinkable in Brues' day. Yet, our book does not replace Insect Dietary but, instead, complements it, because our aim is to bring together information on the mechanisms by which food quality and quantity are regulated. We deliberately focus attention on the feeding process; to include food-finding would have required a much larger book and would have moved the focus away from more proximate mechanisms. This book is dedicated to the late Vincent G. Dethier. As a pioneer in studying the physiological basis of animal behavior, he focused on regulation of feeding in flies and caterpillars. His work on the blowfly, together with that by his many students and co-workers, still provides the most completely described mechanism of insect feeding. The citation of his work in almost every chapter in this book illustrates the importance of his findings and ideas to our current understanding of regulation of insect feeding. The authors in this book provide many innovative and stimulating ideas typifying Dethier's approach to the study of feeding be­ havior.


development entomology insect physiology zoology

Editors and affiliations

  • R. F. Chapman
    • 1
  • Gerrit de Boer
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of NeurobiologyUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Department of EntomologyUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA

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