About the book
This book intends to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of moths and caterpillars. Subtopics will focus on seven main themes: host-plant selection and behavior, sensory systems, essential plant nutrients and secondary plant compounds, effects of experience on diet, moths as pollinators, crypsis, and evolutionary factors in determining host-plant range. Chapters pertaining to host-plant selection and behavior will focus on orientation, searching, preference, plant chemistry, specialization, attraction, acceptance, and rejection. Sections pertaining to sensory systems will center on topics focusing on gustatory cues, olfactory cues, sex pheromones, and visual, cues. Chapters on essential plant nutrients and secondary plant compounds will describe plant nutrients, as well as secondary metabolites (flavonoids, phenolics, terpenoids, alkaloids, glucosinolates, benzoxazinones, cyanogenic compounds) and dietary specialization. Contributions focused on the effects of experience will highlight topics discussing habituation, sensitization, associative learning, preference, and aversion. Sections pertaining to moths as pollinators will focus on factors controlling plant selection and conservation. Chapters dealing with crypsis will discuss camouflage, color pattern, natural selection, foraging, and ontogenic considerations. The final chapter will discuss evolutionary factors in determining host-plant range, with topics focused on resources, competition, sexual interactions, plant chemistry, and life history.