Larval dispersal from potential hosts within a population of a generalist herbivore, Choristoneura rosaceana

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The dispersal behavior of Choristoneura rosaceana (Harris) (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) first in star larvae was studied in the laboratory. The objectives were to investigate the proximal factors influencing larval dispersal and to establish whether a correspondence exists between larval host acceptance and performance. A dispersal bioassay was validated by demonstrating the presence of a positive correlation between larval host acceptance in the laboratory and in the field. Larval age and family origin, as well as host species attributes were shown to influence larval dispersal rates. Seasonal changes in host plants slightly changed the rank order of larval host acceptance. Leaf texture and the availability of refuges on host plants seemed to be important factors influencing the rate of larval dispersal. Plant odor appeared to be used by the larvae to locate leaves. Nitrogen content of plant species corresponded to larval dispersal rates, but the cause of this association is unclear. Larval dispersal did not match host suitabilities as measured by larval performance. The relationship between host preference and suitability in the obliquebanded leafroller is discussed in an ecological and evolutionary perspective. 1992 The Netherlands Entomological Society

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-19
Number of pages9
JournalEntomologia Experimentalis et Applicata
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 1992


  • Choristoneura rosaceana
  • Tortricidae
  • host preference
  • host suitability
  • larval dispersal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Insect Science


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