Silkworm larvae (Bombyx mori) can learn cues associated with finding food

  • Tomohisa Takahashi Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Kobe University, Kobe 657-8501, Japan
  • Takumi Hasegawa Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Kobe University, Kobe 657-8501, Japan
  • Yuichi Egi Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Kobe University, Kobe 657-8501, Japan
  • Katsuhiko Sakamoto Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Kobe University, Kobe 657-8501, Japan; Biosignal Research Center, Kobe University, Kobe 657-8501, Japan
Keywords: Bombyx mori, Color discrimination, Food, Larva, Learning, Silkworm


The present study investigated the ability of silkworm Bombyx mori (Lepidoptera: Bombycidae) larvae to learn. Silkworm larvae were trained to consume food that was placed on red paper; consequently they became attracted to red, rather than blue paper even in the absence of food. In contrast, untrained controls had no preference for either red or blue paper. These results suggested that silkworm larvae learned to associate red paper with food, and that they can discriminate colors.



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How to Cite
Takahashi, T.; Hasegawa, T.; Egi, Y.; Sakamoto, K. Silkworm Larvae (Bombyx Mori) Can Learn Cues Associated With Finding Food. European Journal of Biological Research 2021, 11, 519-523.
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