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Moths and Caterpillars

Edited by Vonnie D.C. Shields

Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, Towson University

This book provides contributions on various topics pertaining to moths and caterpillars written by experts in their respective fields. The first and third chapter examine pest management strategies for controlling the fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, and the codling moth, Cydia pomonella. Both insect pests are responsible for crop losses valued at millions of dollars annually. The authors discuss current management practices as well as their limitations. The second chapter focuses on the employment of RNAi technology as a molecular tool applied in controlling lepidopteran crop pests. The fourth chapter covers the importance of two types of proteins found in the cocoons of the Indian Tasar silkworm, Antheraea mylitta. The presence of these silk proteins is critical in allowing the pupae to endure and survive harsh environmental conditions and has served in the medical field in the manufacturing of suture materials, as well. The last chapter highlights the importance of how the sense of taste plays a key role in the feeding behavior of caterpillars. Attention is paid to the morphology of specific sensory organs involved in feeding with reference to gypsy moth caterpillars, Lymantria dispar. In addition, feeding behavior, phytochemicals, hostplant preferences, and neurophysiological responses of sensory organs involved in peripheral gustatory coding are covered. This book targets a wide audience of entomologists, biologists, ecologists, zoologists, teachers, and students.

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Moths and CaterpillarsEdited by Vonnie D.C. Shields

Published: September 8th 2021

DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.87469

ISBN: 978-1-83968-518-7

Print ISBN: 978-1-83968-517-0

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-1-83968-519-4

Copyright year: 2021

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1. Managing a Transboundary Pest: The Fall Armyworm on Maize in Africa

By Michael Hilary Otim, Komi Kouma Mokpokpo Fiaboe, Juliet Akello, Barnabas Mudde, Allan Tekkara Obonyom, Anani Yaovi Bruce, Winnifred Aool Opio, Peter Chinwada, Girma Hailu and Pamela Paparu


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2. RNAi-Mediated Control of Lepidopteran Pests of Important Crop Plants

By Shipra Saxena, Sneha Yogindran, Manmohan Arya, Yogita Sharma and Chandra Pal Singh


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3. Role of Pheromone Application Technology for the Management of Codling Moth in High Altitude and Cold Arid Region of Ladakh

By Barkat Hussain, Faizaan Ahmad, Ejaz Ahmad, Wasim Yousuf and Mohd Mehdi


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4. Bioactive Secondary Metabolites of Wild Antheraea mylitta Silkworm Cocoons

By Sayed Iqbal Ahamad, Kari Neetha and Shyam Kumar Vootla


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5. Functional Morphology of Gustatory Organs in Caterpillars

By Vonnie Denise Christine Shields


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