The canonical autophagy pathway has primarily been described as a degradative mechanism, which clears the cell of old damaged organelles, protein aggregates and pathogens. Central to the pathway is the de novo formation of a vesicle structure called the autophagosome, which fuses with lysosomes to degrade its content. The Atg8a/MAP1-LC3 protein family is essential for the formation of the autophagosome, and Atg8a mutations result in a variety of defects related to decreased autophagic function. Recently, we have observed a phenotype in Atg8a mutant Drosophila that is consistent with secretory defects of the peptide hormone Bursicon, which is responsible for wing expansion and cuticle hardening upon eclosion. This observation is in accordance with other recent findings which show that components of the autophagy pathway are also involved in the secretion of bioactive molecules. However, the intersection of autophagy and secretory pathways is not yet fully understood. Here, we show that along with Bursicon two additional peptide hormones are differentially secreted and show impaired hemolymph profiles when autophagic function is lowered in the fly nervous system. This includes the release of the pigment dispersing factor (PDF, circadian cycle) and the mesencephalic astrocyte-derived neurotrophic factor (dMANF, stress response), which is highlighted by the aberrant sleep-circadian behaviors (PDF) and trauma-mediated sensitivity (MANF) associated with Atg8a_ mutant flies. Based on the Bursicon wing phenotype, we conducted a secretion-based screen using the GAL4/UAS-dsRNAi knockdown system and identified Atg8a and other autophagy components involved with organelle initiation and membrane expansion that show impaired Bursicon release upon knockdown. Furthermore, this did not include genes involved with selective autophagy (aggrephagy) or endosomal-lysosomal trafficking. Findings from this research will have broad implications toward understanding complex secretory defects and the intersection of autophagy with other vesicle trafficking pathways.