1013 How do moths find their sugar?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008: 8:05 AM
Room D8, First Floor (Reno-Sparks Convention Center)
Peter J. Landolt , USDA - ARS, Wapato, WA
Many species of moths feed as adults, and much of this feeding appears to be on sugar rich foods. Examples include fruits, flowers, saps, and honeydews. Studies of moths visiting flowers suggest patterns of taxa that are prevalent at flowers, with the same taxa generally responding to chemical lures based on flower odorants. Similarly, studies of moths attracted to fermented sweet baits, including fruits, suggest patterns of taxa that are consistent with moths attracted to chemical lures based on odorants of those fermented sweet baits. These patterns suggest food finding behavior and feeding that remains to be studied for most moths, including pest species.

doi: 10.1603/ICE.2016.33101

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