Yellow Eye Color Mutant in Trichoplusia ni (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)

C. Lydia Wraight, Ellen S. Green, May R Berenbaum

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A yellow-eyed mutant adult occurred as a spontaneous mutation in a laboratory culture of cabbage loopers, Trichoplusia ni (Hübner). The wild-type adults have gray-brown compound eyes. No other differences from the wild-type were detected in the external characteristics of the mutant phenotype. Internally, the wild-type male has brightly colored brick-red testes, and the mutant has white testes. The mutant, designated bagheera, is a simple Mendelian autosomal recessive with complete penetrance. Mutants have less than normal amounts of the ommochrome dihydroxyxanthommatin in their heads, indicating a possible defect in the pathway from tryptophan to xanthommatin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-450
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of the Entomological Society of America
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1999


  • Eye color
  • Inheritance pattern
  • Mutant
  • Pigments
  • Trichoplusia ni

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science


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