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Effects of emperor moth larval secretions, hemolymph, and components on microorganisms and predators

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Deml, Reinhold ; Dettner, Konrad:
Effects of emperor moth larval secretions, hemolymph, and components on microorganisms and predators.
In: Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. Vol. 76 (1995) Issue 3 . - pp. 287-293.
ISSN 1570-7458
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1570-7458.1995.tb01972.x

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The biological significance of the caterpillar scolus secretions, hemolymph, and compounds of four emperor moth species (Lepidoptera, Saturniidae) has been investigated by means of different biological tests and behavioral observations: 1. Larval body fluids and several components (e.g., phenylacetaldehyde) were shown to inhibit growth of certain bacteria but not of fungi. 2. Larval body fluids deter ants from feeding, evidently due to the strong behavior-modifying activity of several compounds therein. 3. Larval body fluids and whole caterpillars produce feeding-avoidance in model bird species. The findings suggest that these defensive mechanisms effectively protect saturniid caterpillars from pathogens and predators in nature.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER6983
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Animal Ecology II - Evolutionary Animal Ecology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Former Professors > Chair Animal Ecology II - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Konrad Dettner
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Former Professors
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2015 07:19
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2015 07:19
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/21024