Transgenerational inheritance of learned preferences for novel host plant odors in Bicyclus anynana butterflies

V Gowri, Emilie Dion, Athmaja Viswanath, Florence Monteiro Piel & Antónia Monteiro
Many phytophagous insects have strong preferences for their host plants, which they recognize via odors, making it unclear how novel host preferences develop in the course of insect diversification. Insects may learn to prefer new host plants via exposure to their odors and pass this learned preference to their offspring. We tested this hypothesis by examining larval odor preferences before and after feeding them with leaves coated with control and novel odors and by examining...
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