Honeydew As A Kairomone

The smell or taste of honeydew on the plant surface is used as cues by various predators and parasitoids of homopterans to locate their hemipteran prey or, for reproductive females, as a stimulus for oviposition. This has led to the use of "artificial honeydew" sugar sprays onto crops to increase the numbers and effectiveness of natural enemies.

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