Chemical Inducers of Oviposition for the Corn Earworm, Heliothis zea (Boddie)

Science  15 May 1970:
Vol. 168, Issue 3933, pp. 856-857
DOI: 10.1126/science.168.3933.856


The corn earworm moth lays its eggs in the vicinity of triacetin, an ingredient of felt-tipped marking pens. Related compounds also induce this behavior. A bioassay was devised to measure the activity of chemicals as oviposition inducers.