Untreated larval webbing of the mimosa webworm, Homadaula anisocentra stimulated oviposition. Six-week-old webbing was as active as two-day-old webbing. Stimulatory activity of webbing was lost after rinsing with highly polar solvents, but not after rinsing with nonpolar solvents. Addition of the polar solvent rinses did not induce activity in other substrates nor restore activity to rinsed webbing. No differences in structure were found in a scanning electron microscope examination of unrinsed webbing and webbing rinsed with solvents of varying polarity.
North, Robert C.; Hart, Elwood R.; and MingXian, Lu
"Solvent Deactivation of Mimosa Webworm Larval Webbing (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae),"
The Great Lakes Entomologist: Vol. 26
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholar.valpo.edu/tgle/vol26/iss2/4