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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222787/an-effective-method-for-the-identification-and-separation-of-anopheles-minimus-the-primary-malaria-vector-in-thailand-and-its-sister-species-anopheles-harrisoni-with-a-comparison-of-their-mating-behaviors
#1
Kritsana Taai, Ralph E Harbach, Kittipat Aupalee, Wichai Srisuka, Thippawan Yasanga, Yasushi Otsuka, Atiporn Saeung
BACKGROUND: Species of the Anopheles minimus complex are considered to be the primary vectors of malaria in South and Southeast Asia. Two species of the complex, Anopheles minimus and Anopheles harrisoni, occur in Thailand. They are sympatric and difficult to accurately distinguish based on morphological characters. The aim of this study was to investigate the potential of antennal sensory organs to distinguish these two species. Additionally, we investigated their ability to mate in cages of different sizes, as well as the possible mechanism(s) that evokes stenogamous behavior...
February 21, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214751/structure-and-distribution-of-the-sensilla-on-the-antennae-of-tuta-absoluta-lepidoptera-gelechiidae
#2
Thomas Bawin, France Collard, Lara De Backer, Boni Barthélémy Yarou, Philippe Compère, Frédéric Francis, François J Verheggen
The tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), is a widespread devastating pest that develops on tomato and other economically important solanaceous crops. Current semiochemically-based management strategies still fail to significantly reduce damages and need to be improved. Here we describe under scanning and transmission electron microscopy the structure and distribution of the sensilla that are displayed on adult antennae. These were similar in size between males (3424.4±135.3μm) and females (3292...
February 1, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187675/taxonomy-and-ecology-of-a-new-species-of-i-corynura-i-hymenoptera-%C3%A2-halictidae-augochlorini-from-chile-and-argentina
#3
Rocío Ana González-Vaquero, Carlo Polidori, José Luis Nieves-Aldrey
We describe a new species of Corynura Spinola, a socially polymorphic genus within the bee tribe Augochlorini (Halictidae). We present a detailed description of both sexes of Corynura (Corynura) moscosensis n. sp. González-Vaquero, images of diagnostic morphological structures and antennal sensilla, floral associations, distributional data and notes on its nesting biology. Corynura moscosensis n. sp. is similar in appearance to C. (C.) chloromelas (Alfken), but it can be distinguished by the sculpturing of the mesoscutum and the hair types on the propodeum in the female, and by the genitalia and extent of the area exclusively covered by sensilla placoidea on the antennal flagellum of the male...
January 16, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181584/patterns-of-pollen-and-nectar-foraging-specialization-by-bumblebees-over-multiple-timescales-using-rfid
#4
Avery L Russell, Sarah J Morrison, Eleni H Moschonas, Daniel R Papaj
The ecological success of social insects is frequently ascribed to improvements in task performance due to division of labour amongst workers. While much research has focused on improvements associated with lifetime task specialization, members of colonies can specialize on a given task over shorter time periods. Eusocial bees in particular must collect pollen and nectar rewards to survive, but most workers appear to mix collection of both rewards over their lifetimes. We asked whether bumblebees specialize over timescales shorter than their lifetime...
February 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169372/copulatory-courtship-by-internal-genitalia-in-bushcrickets
#5
Nadja C Wulff, Thomas van de Kamp, Tomy Dos Santos Rolo, Tilo Baumbach, Gerlind U C Lehmann
Male genital organs are among the fastest evolving morphological structures. However, large parts of the male's genitalia are often hidden inside the female during mating. In several bushcricket species, males bear a pair of sclerotized genital appendices called titillators. By employing synchrotron-based in vivo X-ray cineradiography on mating couples, we were able to visualize titillator movement and spermatophore attachment inside the female. Titillators are inserted and retracted rhythmically. During insertion the titillator processes tap the soft and sensillae-covered dorsal side of the female's flap-like genital fold, which covers the opening of the female's genitalia, without tissue penetration...
February 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167332/chemoreception-to-aggregation-pheromones-in-the-common-bed-bug-cimex-lectularius
#6
Feng Liu, Caixing Xiong, Nannan Liu
The common bed bug, Cimex lectularius, is an obligate blood-feeding insect that is resurgent worldwide, posing a threat to human beings through its biting nuisance and disease transmission. Bed bug aggregation pheromone is considered a very promising attractant for use in the monitoring and management of bed bugs, but as yet little is known regarding the sensory physiology of bed bugs related to this pheromone. This study examined how the individual components of aggregation pheromone are perceived by the olfactory receptor neurons (ORNs) housed in different types of olfactory sensilla in bed bugs and the molecular basis for the ORNs' responses to the aggregation pheromone...
February 3, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161605/haltere-morphology-and-campaniform-sensilla-arrangement-across-diptera
#7
Sweta Agrawal, David Grimaldi, Jessica L Fox
One of the primary specializations of true flies (order Diptera) is the modification of the hind wings into club-shaped halteres. Halteres are complex mechanosensory structures that provide sensory feedback essential for stable flight control via an array of campaniform sensilla at the haltere base. The morphology of these sensilla has previously been described in a small number of dipteran species, but little is known about how they vary across fly taxa. Using a synoptic set of specimens representing 42 families from all of the major infraorders of Diptera, we used scanning electron microscopy to map the gross and fine structures of halteres, including sensilla shape and arrangement...
February 1, 2017: Arthropod Structure & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128210/a-mechanosensory-receptor-required-for-food-texture-detection-in-drosophila
#8
Juan Antonio Sánchez-Alcañiz, Giovanna Zappia, Frédéric Marion-Poll, Richard Benton
Textural properties provide information on the ingestibility, digestibility and state of ripeness or decay of sources of nutrition. Compared with our understanding of the chemosensory assessment of food, little is known about the mechanisms of texture detection. Here we show that Drosophila melanogaster can discriminate food texture, avoiding substrates that are either too hard or too soft. Manipulations of food substrate properties and flies' chemosensory inputs indicate that texture preferences are revealed only in the presence of an appetitive stimulus, but are not because of changes in nutrient accessibility, suggesting that animals discriminate the substrates' mechanical characteristics...
January 27, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115118/antennal-responses-to-volatile-organic-compounds-in-a-stonefly
#9
Manuela Rebora, Silvana Piersanti, Francesca Frati, Gianandrea Salerno
Notwithstanding their long antennae, especially in the adult stage, Plecoptera represent a poorly studied group as regards their sensory structures and their ability to perceive olfactory stimuli is so far totally unknown. A recent investigation on the antenna of Dinocras cephalotes revealed two kinds of putative olfactory sensilla (multiporous single walled sensilla and digitated double walled sensilla). The present electrophysiological study (electroantennography, EAG), in which male and female antennae of D...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102318/transcriptional-profiling-of-olfactory-system-development-identifies-distal-antenna-as-a-regulator-of-subset-of-neuronal-fates
#10
Scott Barish, Qingyun Li, Jia W Pan, Charlie Soeder, Corbin Jones, Pelin C Volkan
Drosophila uses 50 different olfactory receptor neuron (ORN) classes that are clustered within distinct sensilla subtypes to decipher their chemical environment. Each sensilla subtype houses 1-4 ORN identities that arise through asymmetric divisions of a single sensory organ precursor (SOP). Despite a number of mutational studies investigating the regulation of ORN development, a majority of the transcriptional programs that lead to the different ORN classes in the developing olfactory system are unknown. Here we use transcriptional profiling across the time series of antennal development to identify novel transcriptional programs governing the differentiation of ORNs...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094781/ultrastructure-of-sensilla-of-antennae-and-ovipositor-of-sitotroga-cerealella-lepidoptera-gelechiidae-and-location-of-female-sex-pheromone-gland
#11
Min Ma, Meng-Meng Chang, Yan Lu, Chao-Liang Lei, Feng-Lian Yang
The Angoumois grain moth, Sitotroga cerealella, is a serious pest of stored grains worldwide. Presently, the best effective control against the moth is to disrupt the sexual communication between sexes. Sexual communication in moths includes two processes in which females produce and release pheromones from the sex pheromone gland and males detect and respond to them with a relatively sophisticated olfactory system in their antennae. To better understand these processes, we studied the ultrastructure of antennal and ovipositor sensilla of S...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081263/molecular-and-functional-characterization-of-three-odorant-binding-protein-from-periplaneta-americana
#12
Zhao-Qun Li, Peng He, Ya-Nan Zhang, Shuang-Lin Dong
The American cockroach, Periplaneta americana, is a vector of many pathogenic organisms associated with human diseases. Olfaction plays a crucial role in guiding cockroach behaviors and contributes to their ability to transmit pathogens. Odorant binding proteins (OBPs), abundant in the insect olfactory sensilla, are important for insect olfaction. In this study, three OBP genes, PameOBP1, 2 and 3, were cloned from P. americana. Sequence alignment and phylogenetic analysis revealed that PameOBP1, 2 and 3 belong to the Minus-C OBP, Classic OBP, and Plus-C OBP subfamilies, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032186/encoding-noxious-heat-by-spike-bursts-of-antennal-bimodal-hygroreceptor-dry-neurons-in-the-carabid-pterostichus-oblongopunctatus
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Anne Must, Enno Merivee, Karin Nurme, Ivar Sibul, Maurizio Muzzi, Andrea Di Giulio, Ingrid Williams, Ene Tooming
Despite thermosensation being crucial in effective thermoregulation behaviour, it is poorly studied in insects. Very little is known about encoding of noxious high temperatures by peripheral thermoreceptor neurons. In carabids, thermo- and hygrosensitive neurons innervate antennal dome-shaped sensilla (DSS). In this study, we demonstrate that several essential fine structural features of dendritic outer segments of the sensory neurons in the DSS and the classical model of insect thermo- and hygrosensitive sensilla differ fundamentally...
December 28, 2016: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026117/molecular-elements-of-pheromone-detection-in-the-female-moth-heliothis-virescens
#14
Monika Zielonka, Heinz Breer, Jürgen Krieger
Pheromones play pivotal roles in the reproductive behavior of moths, most prominently for the mate finding of male moths. Accordingly, the molecular basis for the detection of female-released pheromones by male moths has been studied in great detail. In contrast, little is known about how females can detect pheromone components released by themself or by conspecifics. In this study we assessed the antenna of female Heliothis virescens for elements of pheromone detection. In accordance with previous findings that female antennae respond to the sex pheromone component (Z)-9-tetradecenal, we identified olfactory sensory neurons that express its cognate receptor, the receptor type HR6...
December 27, 2016: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017815/ultrastructure-of-chemoreceptive-tarsal-sensilla-in-an-armored-harvestman-and-evidence-of-olfaction-across-laniatores-arachnida-opiliones
#15
Guilherme Gainett, Peter Michalik, Carsten H G Müller, Gonzalo Giribet, Giovanni Talarico, Rodrigo H Willemart
Harvestmen (Arachnida, Opiliones) are especially dependent on chemical cues and are often regarded as animals that rely mainly on contact chemoreception. Information on harvestman sensilla is scarce when compared to other arachnid orders, especially concerning internal morphology. Using scanning (SEM) and transmission (TEM) electron microscopy, we investigated tarsal sensilla on the distal tarsomeres (DT) of all leg pairs in Heteromitobates discolor (Laniatores, Gonyleptidae). Furthermore, we explored the typological diversity of sensilla present on the DT I and II in members of the suborder Laniatores, which include two thirds of the formally described opilionid fauna, using species from 17 families representing all main laniatorian lineages...
December 22, 2016: Arthropod Structure & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28001299/organization-of-the-antennal-lobes-in-the-praying-mantis-tenodera-aridifolia
#16
Thomas Carle, Hidehiro Watanabe, Yoshifumi Yamawaki, Fumio Yokohari
Olfaction in insects plays pivotal roles in searching for food and/or for sexual partners. Although many studies have focused on the olfactory processes of non-predatory insect species, little is known about those in predatory insects. Here, we investigated the anatomical features of the primary olfactory center (antennal lobes) in an insect predator whose visual system is well developed, the praying mantis Tenodera aridifolia. Both sexes of T. aridifolia were found to possess 54 glomeruli, and each glomerulus was identified based on its location and size...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998741/the-scolopidial-accessory-organ-in-the-jerusalem-cricket-orthoptera-stenopelmatidae
#17
Johannes Strauß
Multiple mechanosensory organs form the subgenual organ complex in orthopteroid insects, located in the proximal tibia. In several Ensifera (Orthoptera), a small chordotonal organ, the so-called accessory organ, is the most posterior part of this sensory complex. In order to document the presence of this accessory organ among the Ensifera, the chordotonal sensilla and their innervation in the posterior tibia of two species of Jerusalem crickets (Stenopelmatidae: Stenopelmatus) is described. The sensory structures were stained by axonal tracing...
January 4, 2017: Arthropod Structure & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989835/a-broadly-tuned-odorant-receptor-in-neurons-of-trichoid-sensilla-in-locust-locusta-migratoria
#18
Yinwei You, Dean P Smith, Mingyue Lv, Long Zhang
Insects have evolved sophisticated olfactory reception systems to sense exogenous chemical signals. Odorant receptors (ORs) on the membrane of chemosensory neurons are believed to be key molecules in sensing exogenous chemical cues. ORs in different species of insects are diverse and should tune a species to its own specific semiochemicals relevant to their survival. The orthopteran insect, locust (Locusta migratoria), is a model hemimetabolous insect. There is very limited knowledge on the functions of locust ORs although many locust OR genes have been identified in genomic sequencing experiments...
October 27, 2016: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988783/cave-species-of-the-genus-i-anurida-i-collembola-neanuridae-from-korea-%C3%A2-with-the-description-of-new-species
#19
Inae Lee, Kyung-Hwa Park
Three troglobiontic species of Anurida Laboulbène, i.e. A. troglodyta sp. nov., A. decipiens Yosii, 1966, and A. plurichaetotica Yosii, 1966, were found in limestone caves of Korea during recent investigation. The new species, A. troglodyta sp. nov., is characterized by morel-like PAO having more than 100 vesicles and by having 16-17 sensilla on antennal segment IV. It is most similar to A. plurichaetotica, A. okamotoi Yosii, 1970, and A. irieti Yosii, 1970 also possessing several macrochaetae on dorsal side of a head, but can easily be distinguished by characteristic PAO and the absence of macrochaetae in p1-position on abdominal tergum V...
November 7, 2016: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27973569/variations-on-a-theme-antennal-lobe-architecture-across-coleoptera
#20
Martin Kollmann, Rovenna Schmidt, Carsten M Heuer, Joachim Schachtner
Beetles comprise about 400,000 described species, nearly one third of all known animal species. The enormous success of the order Coleoptera is reflected by a rich diversity of lifestyles, behaviors, morphological, and physiological adaptions. All these evolutionary adaptions that have been driven by a variety of parameters over the last about 300 million years, make the Coleoptera an ideal field to study the evolution of the brain on the interface between the basic bauplan of the insect brain and the adaptions that occurred...
2016: PloS One
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