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In holometabolous insects, information acquired at the larval stage can persist through the intervening pupal stage and influence adult behavior (Thorpe and Jones 1937, Thorpe 1939, Borell du Vernay 1942, Borsellino et al. 1970, Somberg et al. 1970, Dethier and Goldrich 1971, Alloway 1972). To account for this relatively permanent storage of information, one must assume that those neural elements which hold this information endure through metamorphosis. The question remains: Can new information be acquired and can behavior be modified during the extensive neural reorganization that accompanies metamorphosis (Edwards 1969, Satija and Luthra 1969)? The present study indicates that a simple kind of behavior modification, namely habituation, can occur at the pupal stage during the transformation from larva to adult in Tenebrio molitor L.


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