Impact of Plant on Insect Behavior and Sex Pheromone Emission

Burjikindi Madhuri *

Department of Entomology, Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, Hyderabad, 500030, Telangana, India.

Kolli Bharghavi

Department of Entomology, Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, Hyderabad, 500030, Telangana, India.

Vinutha R K

Department of Entomology, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, 580005, India.

Neeli Priyanka

Department of Entomology, Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, Hyderabad, 500030, Telangana, India.

Srija P

Department of Entomology, Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, Hyderabad, 500030, Telangana, India.

Supraja K V L

Department of Entomology, Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, Hyderabad, 500030, Telangana, India.

Methuku Anil Kumar

Plant Biosecurity Division, National Institute of Plant Health Management, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, 500030, Telangana, India.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Insects intricately interact with host plants, significantly impacting their behavior and chemical communication, especially in phytophagous species. Insect physiology and behavior, particularly sex pheromone communication, are influenced by host plants, which improves mating and reproduction. While some insects release sex pheromones in response to cues from plants, others use the molecules of their host plants to synthesize sex pheromone precursors. Host plants chemicals synergize with sex pheromones, aiding in insect communication and reproductive success. These interactions shape various aspects of insect behavior, from aggregation formation to mate and host finding strategies, and even reproductive isolation among related species. Understanding these relationships is essential for comprehending ecological dynamics and devising sustainable pest management strategies.

Keywords: Behavior, flower, fruit, gustatory cues, herbivores, host plant, leaf volatiles, olfactory cues, parasitoids, pheromones, plant volatiles, synergism

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Madhuri, B., Bharghavi, K., Vinutha R K, Priyanka, N., Srija P, Supraja K V L, & Kumar, M. A. (2024). Impact of Plant on Insect Behavior and Sex Pheromone Emission. UTTAR PRADESH JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, 45(12), 55–66.


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