Feeding Behavior

University of Arizona, Tucson

The most extensive studies of insect feeding behavior and its regulation have focused on two insects with completely different feeding habits: the adult black blow fly (Phormia regina), which is a fluid feeder, and the final nymphal stage of the migratory locust (Locusta migratoria), a grass-feeding insect. Although their feeding habits are different, there are many common features in their feeding behavior patterns and the mechanisms that control their feeding behavior. It is likely, though unproven, that similar principles are involved in other insects, and this article focuses on these two insects, making reference to other species and other feeding habits where data are available. V. G. Dethier initiated and guided the earlier work on the blow fly, summarized later by Stoffolano. The studies on the locust were initiated by R. F. Chapman and developed by E. A. Bernays and S. J. Simpson.

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