Juvenile hormone titer and wing-morph differentiation in the vetch aphid Megoura crassicauda

Asano Ishikawa, Hiroki Gotoh, Taisuke Abe, Toru Miura

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Most aphids exhibit wing polyphenism, in which winged and wingless females are produced depending on aphid densities. Although juvenile hormone (JH) has been implicated in the regulation of aphid wing polyphenism, relatively few studies examining the direct relationship between JH titer and resultant wing morphs have been undertaken. We therefore investigated the relationship between JH III titer and the development of wing morphs in the vetch aphid Megoura crassicauda during postembryonic development. JH III measurements by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) revealed that, at the third instar, presumptive wingless nymphs had significantly higher JH III titers than winged nymphs. In winged nymphs at the third instar, JH III application inhibited wing development resulting in the appearance of winged/wingless intermediates as well as juvenilized individuals with supernumerary molting. These results suggest that JH III plays an important role in wing-morph differentiation during postembryonic development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)444-449
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Insect Physiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Apr
Externally publishedYes


  • Flight-apparatus development
  • Phenotypic plasticity
  • Wing polyphenism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Insect Science


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