1. Insect Herbivore Outbreaks Viewed through a Physiological Framework: Insights from Orthoptera

  1. Pedro Barbosa3,
  2. Deborah K. Letourneau4 and
  3. Anurag A. Agrawal5,6
  1. Spencer T. Behmer1 and
  2. Anthony Joern2

Published Online: 29 JUN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118295205.ch1

Insect Outbreaks Revisited

Insect Outbreaks Revisited

How to Cite

Behmer, S. T. and Joern, A. (2012) Insect Herbivore Outbreaks Viewed through a Physiological Framework: Insights from Orthoptera, in Insect Outbreaks Revisited (eds P. Barbosa, D. K. Letourneau and A. A. Agrawal), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118295205.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Entomology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 USA

  2. 4

    Environmental Studies Department, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 USA

  3. 5

    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 USA

  4. 6

    Department of Entomology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX USA 77843

  2. 2

    Division of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-4901 USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 JUN 2012
  2. Published Print: 27 JUL 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444337594

Online ISBN: 9781118295205



  • physiological and life history perspectives;
  • insect herbivore outbreaks, insights from Orthoptera;
  • conditions favoring insect herbivore outbreaks;
  • orthopteran outbreaks, a plague on humans;
  • Australian plague locust (Chortoicetes terminifera (Walker));
  • orthopterans, and phase polyphenism;
  • Locusta key mechanism, protein–carbohydrate intake and taste receptors;
  • fate of eggs, critical to insect outbreaks being difficult to assess;
  • plant-stress paradigm, insect outbreaks and weather patterns;
  • insect herbivore dynamics, and climate change


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Which conditions favor the individual, and can lead to insect herbivore outbreaks?

  • The plant-stress paradigm

  • Insect herbivore outbreaks - where do we go from here?

  • Acknowledgments

  • References