Using radioimmunoassay the moulting hormone titres of the greater wax moth were determined during the last larval instar. Two peaks were observed, one when the larvae start to spin and another just before the pupation. The second peak exhibits the higher MH level, equivalent to 3600 ng/g ecdysterone. By TLC-RIA analysis three compounds were detected: ecdysone, ecdysterone and a very polar metabolite (VPM). The pattern of MHs during the last larval instar is described and the possible changes in the activity of enzymes of MH metabolism and ecdysone-ecdysterone conversion is discussed.
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- Insect Science