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  1. Contreras, H.L. J. Goyret, M. von Arx, C.T. Pierce, J.L. Bronstein, R.A. Raguso, G. Davidowitz. 2013. The effect of ambient humidity on the foraging behavior of the hawkmoth Manduca sexta. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 199: 1053-1063.
  2. von Arx, M., K.A. Sullivan, R.A. Raguso. 2013. Dual fitness benefits of post-mating sugar meals for female hawkmoths (Hyles lineata). Journal of Insect Physiology 59: 458–465.


  1. von Arx, M., J. Goyret, G. Davidowitz, R.A. Raguso. 2012. Floral humidity as a reliable sensory cue for profitability assessment by nectar-foraging hawkmoths. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 109: 9471-9476.
  2. Kaczorowski, R.L., A.R. Seliger, A.C. Gaskett, S.K. Wigsten, R.A. Raguso. 2012. Corolla shape vs. size in flowerchoice by a nocturnal hawkmoth pollinator. Functional Ecology 26: 577-587.


  1. Svensson, G.P., O. Pellmyr, R.A. Raguso. 2011. Pollinator attraction to volatiles from virgin and pollinated host flowers in a yucca/moth obligate mutualism. Oikos 120: 1577–1583.
  2. Vergara, R.C., A. Torres-Araneda, D.A. Villagra, R.A. Raguso, M.T.K. Arroyo, C.A. Villagra. 2011. Are eavesdroppers multimodal? Sensory exploitation of floral signals by a non-native cockroach (Blatta orientalis). Current Zoology 57: 162-174.


  1. De Vos, M., W.Y. Cheng, H.E. Summers, R.A. Raguso, G. Jander. 2010. Alarm pheromone habituation in Myzus persicae has fitness consequences and causes extensive gene expression changes. PNAS 107: 14673-14678.


  1. Goyret, J., A. Kelber, M. Pfaff, R.A. Raguso. 2009. Flexible responses to visual and olfactory stimuli by foraging Manduca sexta: larval nutrition affects adult behaviour. Proceedings of the Royal Society (B) 276: 2739-2745.


  1. Goyret, J., M. Pfaff, R.A. Raguso, A. Kelber. 2008. Why do Manduca sexta feed from white flowers?Innate and learnt colour preferences in a hawkmoth. Naturwissenschaften: 95: 569–576.
  2. Goyret, J., P.M. Markwell, R.A. Raguso. 2008. Scale- and context-dependent effects of floral CO2 on nectar foraging by Manduca sexta. PNAS 105: 4565-4570.


  1. Raguso, R.A., T. Ojeda-Avila, S. Desai, M.K. Jurkiewicz, H.A. Woods. 2007. The influence of larval diet on adult feeding behaviour in the tobacco hornworm moth, Manduca sexta. Journal of Insect Physiology 53: 923-932.
  2. Goyret, J., P.M. Markwell, R.A. Raguso. 2007. The effect of olfactory and visual stimuli decoupling on the foraging behavior of Manduca sexta. Journal of Experimental Biology 210: 1398-1405.


  1. Goyret, J., R.A. Raguso. 2006. The role of mechanosensory input in flower handling efficiency and learning by Manduca sexta. Journal of Experimental Biology 209: 1586-1593.
  2. Raguso, R.A. 2006. Behavioral responses to floral scent: experimental manipulations and the interplay of sensory modalities, pp. 297-319 in: N. Dudareva, E. Pichersky, eds., “The biology of floral scent”, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL..


  1. Kelber, A., E.J. Warrant, M. Pfaff, R. Wallén, J.C. Theobald, W. Wcislo, R.A. Raguso. 2005. Light intensity limits foraging activity in nocturnal and crepuscular bees. Behavioral Ecology 17: 63-72.
  2. Raguso, R.A. 2005. Señales olfativas en la biología de la polinización. Pp. 49-57 in: J.M. Guerra Sanz, A. Roldán Serrano, A. Mena Granero, eds., “Primeras Jornadas de Polinización en Plantas Hortícolas”. CIFA la Mojonera, Almería, España.
  3. Raguso, R.A., M.A. Willis. 2005. Synergy between visual and olfactory cues in nectar feeding by wild hawkmoths. Animal Behaviour 65: 407-418.
  4. Raguso, R.A., A.R. LeClere, B.O. Schlumpberger. 2005. Sensory flexibility in hawkmoth foraging behavior: lessons from Manduca sexta and other species. Chemical Senses 30, Suppl. 1: i295-i296.


  1. Raguso, R.A. 2004. Flowers as sensory billboards: progress towards an integrated understanding of floral advertisement. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 7: 434-440.


  1. Raguso. R.A. 2003. Olfactory landscapes and deceptive pollination: signal, noise and convergent evolution in floral scent. Pp. 631-650 in: G.J. Blomquist and R. Vogt, eds., “(Insect) Pheromone Biochemistry and Molecular Biology”. Academic Press, NY.
  2. Ojeda-Avila, T., H.A. Woods, R.A. Raguso. 2003. Effects of dietary variation on growth, composition, and maturation of Manduca sexta. Journal of Insect Physiology: 49: 293-306.
  3. Raguso, R.A. & Willis, M.A. 2003. Hawkmoth pollination in Arizona's Sonoran Desert: Behavioral responses to floral traits. Pp. 43-65 in: Evolution and Ecology Taking Flight: Butterflies as Model Systems. (ed. by Boggs, C.L., W.B. Watt, P.R. Ehrlich) Rocky Mountain Biological Lab Symposium Series. University of Chicago Press.


  1. Henneman, M.L., E.G. Dyreson, J. Takabayashi, R.A. Raguso. 2002. Response to walnut olfactory and visual cues by the parasitic wasp Diachasmimorpha juglandis (Braconidae). Journal of Chemical Ecology 28: 2221-2244.
  2. Raguso, R.A. & M.A. Willis. 2002. Synergy between visual and olfactory cues in nectar feeding by naïve hawkmoths. Animal Behaviour 63: 685-695.


  1. Raguso, R.A. 2001. Floral scent, olfaction and scent-driven foraging behavior. Pp. 83-105 in: Chittka, L. and Thomson, J.D., eds. “Cognitive Ecology of Pollination; Animal Behavior and Floral Evolution”, Cambridge Univ. Press.


  1. Raguso, R.A., D. M. Light. 1998. Electroantennogram responses of Sphinx perelegans (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) to floral & vegetative compounds. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 86: 287-293.


  1. Roy, B., R.A. Raguso. 1997. Olfactory vs. visual cues in a floral mimicry system. Oecologia 109: 414-426.


  1. Raguso, R.A., D. M. Light, E. Pichersky. 1996. Electroantennogram responses of Hyles lineata (Sphingidae: Lepidoptera) to floral volatile compounds from Clarkia breweri (Onagraceae) and other moth-pollinated flowers. Journal of Chemical Ecology 22: 1735-1766.