Masaru Hojo

Assistant Professor

Department of Biology
Graduate School of Science
Kobe University

Email: m.k.hojo(at)


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


  • Maeda T, Tamotsu S, Iwasaki M, Nisimura T, Shimohigashi M, Hojo MK & Ozaki M. (in press) Neuronal projections and putative interaction of multimodal inputs in the subeshophageal ganglion in the blowfly, Phormia regina. Chemical Senses, DOI:10.1093/chemse/bju007
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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