Chlorophyll catabolites in the frass of the Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars (Aglais urticae L.)

  • B Amarsanaa Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Hans-Knцll-Str. 8, Department Bioorganic Chemistry, Beutenberg Campus, Jena
  • W Boland Institute of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, MAS, Peace ave., Ulaanbaatar 13330,
Keywords: Aglais urticae, Lepidoptera, frass, pheophorbide, pyropheophorbide

Abstract

Herbivorous insects excrete most of the consumed chlorophyll as partly degraded derivatives lacking the phytol side chain and the central magnesium ion. To study common degradation patterns of chlorophyll in plant-feeding insects, the frass of the Lepidopteran caterpillar, Aglais urticae was analysed for chlorophyll catabolites. The major metabolites were determined as pheohorbide a and pyropheophorbide a by using LC-MS, LC-SPE-NMR and UV. These compounds are not present in fresh leaves of the food plants (Urtica dioica).

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5564/mjc.v14i0.198

Mongolian Journal of Chemistry 14 (40), 2013, p46-50

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Amarsanaa, B., & Boland, W. (2014). Chlorophyll catabolites in the frass of the Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars (Aglais urticae L.). Mongolian Journal of Chemistry, 14, 46-50. https://doi.org/10.5564/mjc.v14i0.198
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