Insect phermones: diet related?

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Science  09 Apr 1976:
Vol. 192, Issue 4235, pp. 143-145
DOI: 10.1126/science.1257759


The question of the origin of insect pheromones is discussed in the light of new published information on the communication system of the oak leaf roller. It is concluded that compounds found in diets may be partially responsible for insect sexual behavior and that substructuring of insect populations in ecological and evolutionary time through dietary chemicals remains a hypothesis worthy of further testing.