Hierarchical Perception of Stimuli During Case Construction in the Bagworm Moth Eumeta crameri (Lepidoptera: Psychidae)
Source: Journal of Insect Behavior, Volume 13, Number 5, September 2000 , pp. 667-677(11)
Abstract:We studied case construction behavior of bagworm moth, Eumeta crameri (Lepidoptera: Psychidac) in the host plant, Acacia nilotica, at two sites. At the time of the study, Site A had 1-year-old A. nilotica saplings only, whereas Site B had full grown trees. The larva of bagworm moth used either thorns or cut-twigs or both as the materials for building its case. It renovated its case three times, and during each instance it increased the volume of its case by replacing older thorns or cut-twigs by newer and longer ones. However, it exhibited a spectacular predilection for thorns, irrespective of the sites, during the first-instar stage of its development. Thereafter, at Site A it used exclusively cut-twigs, whereas at Site B it preferably used thorns provided they were available in the range of the required length and within the threshold distance. It appears that the bagworm has an ability to process thorn length and distance signals hierarchically to fulfill its priority, that is, case building. Thus it optimizes time and energy expenditures during the period of its larval growth leading to pupation by toggling its preference between thorns and cut-twigs.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: 1: School of Life Sciences, Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur-492010, India. email@example.com 2: School of Life Sciences, Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur-492010, India
Publication date: September 1, 2000