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Cornell Researchers Uncover "Chocolate-Like" Food Addiction In Moth Larvae: They Would Rather Starve Than Switch From Favorite Leaves

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May 10, 2001
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The larvae of Manduca sexta , a moth nicknamed the tobacco hornworn, can become so chemically dependent on one of their favorite foods -- the leaves of eggplant, potato or tomato plants -- that they would rather starve to death than eat leaves from other plants.

ITHACA, N.Y. -- The larvae of Manduca sexta , a moth nicknamed the tobacco hornworn, can become so chemically dependent on one of their favorite foods -- the leaves of eggplant, potato or tomato plants -- that they would rather starve to death than eat leaves from other plants.


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