Comparative processing of allelochemicals in the Papilionidae (Lepidoptera)

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Within the family Papilionidae (Lepidoptera), species display a broad range of feeding patterns, from oligophagy on a single hostplant family to polyphagy on over a dozen families. Accompanying this diversity of feeding strategies is a diversity of physiological mechanisms for processing hostplant allelochemicals. Studies on members of this family as well as other Lepidoptera suggest that oligophagy is associated with high activity, in addition to high substrate specificity, of detoxicative enzymes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-221
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1991


  • Battus philenor
  • Papilio glaucus
  • Papilio polyxenes
  • aristolochic acid
  • cytochrome P450
  • detoxication
  • esterase
  • furanocoumarins
  • phenolic glycosides
  • swallowtails

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Insect Science


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