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Moths and Caterpillars

Vonnie D.C. Shields

Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, Towson University

Dr. Shields’ laboratory engages in multidisciplinary research directed towards exploring the importance of gustatory, olfactory, and visual cues in the selection of food sources by carrying out behavioral and electrophysiological studies on larval and adult insects.

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Host-Plant Selection and Behavior Sensory Systems Sex Pheromones Plant Nutrients Secondary Metabolites Moth Pollinators Plant Selection and Conservation Crypsis Ontogeny Competition Plant Defense Mechanisms Herbivore Adaptations

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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.

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Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: August 25th 2020

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Chapter proposals submitted and reviewed

Deadline Extended: Open for Submissions

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Approved chapters written in full and submitted

Deadline for full chapters: November 21st 2020

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Review results due: February 9th 2021

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Expected publication date: April 10th 2021

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Vonnie D.C. Shields

Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, Towson University

Vonnie Shields, Ph.D., is currently Full Professor in the Biological Sciences Department and Acting Dean in the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics at Towson University, Towson, MD, U.S.. Dr. Shields’ laboratory engages in multidisciplinary research directed towards exploring the importance of gustatory, olfactory, and visual cues in the selection of food sources by carrying out behavioral and electrophysiological studies on larval and adult insects. In addition, her lab examines the structural organization of insect sense organs using transmission electron- and scanning electron microscopy. The overall goal of this research is to acquire a better understanding of the sensory mechanisms by which insects find host-plants and detect plant-associated volatiles. The aim is to discover possible novel biocontrol agents against insect pests. Dr. Shields studied biology at the University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, CA. Her interest in insect chemosensory research began after her undergraduate studies, when she started her Ph.D. studies at the same institution. For her Ph.D., she carried out research at the University of Regina and the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, CA. After graduating, she accepted a Research Associate Position to conduct postdoctoral studies at the Arizona Research Laboratories Division of Neurobiology, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, U.S., before she accepted a faculty position at Towson University.

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