Gloveria sp.caterpillar


This is an undetermined species of Gloveria that is found in the pine forests of the Sierra Madre in Sineola and Durango states. The caterpillars forage only at night and lay down a trail pheromone that is secreted from the tips of their abdomens in the manner of tent caterpillars.  Unlike tent caterpillars, the caterpillars of Gloveria do not recruit to food, but they do recruit to trails. They are non-responsive to 5b-cholestane-3-one. The insect is a central-place forager, launching forays from a large pendulant nest constructed at the tip of a pine branch.



Fitzgerald, T. D. and D. L. Underwood. 1998. Communal foraging behavior and recruitment communication in Gloveria sp. (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae). J. Chem. Ecol. 24: 1381 -1396.

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