Adamo Lab

Invertebrate Behavioural Physiology

Recent Selected Publications


        Adamo SA, Corkum E, Kim JS, Lee M, Miller DM, Song S, Wright C, Zacher ID, Zbarsky JS, McMillan LE. (2023) Muscle in the caterpillar Manduca sexta responds to an immune challenge, but at a cost, suggesting a physiological trade-off. Journal of Experimental Biology. 226:jeb245861. Featured by Journal.

        Miles CI, Chen WP, Adamo SA, Kester KM, Miller DW. (in press)  Caterpillars (Manduca sexta) parasitized by the wasp Cotesia congregata stop chewing despite an intact motor system.  Journal of Experimental Biology.

       Nabbout AE, Ferguson LV, Miyashita A, Adamo SA. (2023) Female ticks (Ixodes scapularis) infected with Borrelia burgdorferi have increased overwintering survival, with implications for tick population growth.   Insect Science.

       Nadler LE, Adamo SA, Hawley DM, Binning SA.  (2023).  Mechanisms and consequences of infection-induced phenotypes.  Functional Ecology. 37 (4): 796-800.

        Adamo SA (2023) Dividing up the bill: Interactions between how parasitoids manipulate host behaviour and who pays the cost.  Functional Ecology. 37 (4): 801-808.

        Ferguson LV and Adamo SA.  (2023) From perplexing to predictive:  Are we ready to predict insect disease resistance in a warming world?  Journal of Experimental Biology.  226 (4): jeb244911



     Adamo SA, El Nabbout A, Ferguson L, Zbarsky J, Faraone N. (2022).  Using cold as an ally: Balsam fir (Abies balsamea L., Mill) needles and essential oil kill overwintering ticks.  Scientific Reports.  12: 12999.

     Adamo SA. (2022) The integrated defense system:  optimizing defense against predators, pathogens and poisons.  Integrative and Comparative Biology 62: 1536-1546.  


     Adamo SA. (2021) How insects protect themselves against combined starvation and pathogen challenges, and the implications for reductionism.  Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology B.  155, article 110564.


     McMillan LE and Adamo SA. (2020)  Friend or foe?  Effects of host immune activation on the gut microbiome in the caterpillar Manduca sexta.  Journal of Experimental Biology. 223 (19): jeb226662.

     Miyashita A, Lee TYM, and Adamo SA. (2020) High stakes decision-making by female crickets (Gryllus texensis): When to trade-in wing muscles for eggs. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 93 (6): 450-465.

     Adamo SA (2020).  Animals have a Plan B:  How insects deal with the dual challenge of predators and pathogens.  Journal of Comparative Physiology B. 190: 381-390


     Adamo SA and McMillan LE (2019) Listening to your gut: Immune challenge to the gut sensitizes body wall nociception in the caterpillar Manduca sexta. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. 374: 20190278.

     Adamo SA (2019) Insect nociceptive processing does not suggest an ability to perceive pain.  Canadian Entomologist. 151: 685-695.

     Miyashita A, Lee TYM, McMillan E, Easy R, and Adamo SA (2019) Immunity for nothing and the eggs for free: Apparent lack of both physiological trade-offs and terminal reproductive investment in female crickets (Gryllus texensis). PLoS ONE.  14 (5):  e0209957

     Adamo SA (2019) Turning your victim into a collaborator:  Exploitation of insect behavioural control systems by parasitic manipulators.  Current Opinion in Insect Science. 33: 25-29


     McMillan L. E., Miller, D and Adamo SA (2018) Eating when ill is risky: Immune defense impairs food detoxification in the caterpillar Manduca sexta. Journal of Experimental Biology. 221: jeb173336.