Masaru Hojo

Associate Professor

School of Science and Technology
Kwansei Gakuin University

Email: hojo(at)


  • Communication among lycaenid butterflies and ants
  • Chemical ecology of social insects
  • Neurogenetics on the cuticular hydrocarbon perception in ants


 Google Scholar Citations                        

  • Hayashi M, Hojo MK, Nomura M, Tsuji K (2017) Social transmission of information about a mutualist via trophallaxis in ant colonies. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Science 284(1861): 20171367. DOI:10.1098/rspb.2017.1367
  • Shimoji H*, Oguchi Y*, Hayashi Y*, Hojo MK, Miura T (2017) Regulation of neotenic differentiation through direct physical contact in the damp-wood termite Hodotermopsis sjostedthi. Insectes Sociaux 64(3):393-401. DOI:10.1007/s00040-017-0562-y (*equal contribution)
  • Maeda T*, Nakamura Y*, Shiotani H, Hojo MK, Yoshii T, Ida T, Sato T, Yoshida M, Miyazato M, Kojima M, Ozaki M (2015) Suppressive effects of dRYamides on feeding behavior of the blowfly, Phormia regina. Zoological Letters 1:35. DOI:10.1186/s40851-015-0034-z (*equal contribution)

    • Hojo MK
      *, Ishii K*, Sakura M, Yamaguchi K, Shigenobu S, Ozaki M (2015) Antennal RNA-sequencing analysis reveals evolutionary aspects of chemosensory proteins in the carpenter ant Camponotus japonicus. Scientific Reports 5:13541. DOI:10.1038/srep13541 (*equal contribution); Kobe Shimbun

        • Maeda T, Tamotsu S, Iwasaki M, Nisimura T, Shimohigashi M, Hojo MK & Ozaki M (2014) Neuronal projections and putative interaction of multimodal inputs in the subeshophageal ganglion in the blowfly, Phormia regina. Chemical Senses 39(5):391-401. DOI:10.1093/chemse/bju007Asahi Shimbun, The Nikkei, Kobe Shimbun

        • Hojo MK, Yamamoto A, Akino T, Tsuji K & Yamaoka R (2014) Ants use partner specific odors to learn to recognize a mutualistic partner. PLOS ONE 9(1):e86054. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0086054
        • Hojo MK, Yamaguchi S, Akino T & Yamaoka R (2014) Adoption of lycaenid Niphanda fusca (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) caterpillars by the host ant Camponotus japonicus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Entomological Science 17(1):59-65. DOI:10.1111/ens.12041
        • Katayama N, Tsuchida T, Hojo MK& Ohgushi T (2013) Aphid genotype determines intensity of ant attendance: Do endosymbionts and honeydew composition matter? Annals of the Entomological Society of America 106(6):761-770. DOI:10.1603/AN13089
        • Katayama N, Hembry DH, Hojo MK & Suzuki N (2013) Why do ants shift their foraging from extrafloral nectar to aphid honeydew? Ecological Research, 28(5):919-926. DOI:10.1007/s11284-013-1074-5
        • Nguyen TT, Kanaori K, Hojo MK, Kawada T, Yamaoka R & Akino T (2011) Chemical identification and ethological function of soldier-specific secretion in Japanese subterranean termite Reticulitermes speratus (Rhinotermitidae). Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry 75(9):1818-1822. DOI:10.1271/bbb.110372
        • Hojo MK, Wada-Katsumata A, Akino T, Yamaguchi S, Ozaki M & Yamaoka R (2009) Chemical disguise as particular caste of the host ants in the ant parasitic inquiline Niphanda fusca (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Science 276(1656):551-558. DOI:10.1098/rspb.2008.1064; ScienceShot, BBC Wildlife, Kyoto Shimbun
        • Hojo MK, Wada-Katsumata A, Ozaki M, Yamaguchi S & Yamaoka R (2008) Gustatory synergism in ants mediates a species-specific symbiosis with lycaenid butterflies. Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural and Behavioral Physiology 194(12):1043-1052. DOI:10.1007/s00359-008-0375-6;  F1000Prime Recommended
        • Hembry DH, Katayama N, Hojo MK & Ohgushi T (2006) Herbivory damage does not indirectly influence the composition or excretion of aphid honeydew. Population Ecology 48(3):245-250. DOI:10.1007/s10144-006-0268-x