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Study reveals surprising amount of gene flow among butterfly species

November 7, 2019

Scientists know that shared parts of DNA create color patterns in some passion vine butterflies. The patterns help…
Persistence pays off with first images of butterfly eggs

October 24, 2019

Kim Moss hunched over plants with her camera for hours in Grand Teton National Park this summer, hoping…
Monarch parasite uses strategy to spread infection

October 21, 2019

North American monarch butterflies are famous for their long-distance migrations, but in recent decades some monarchs have established resident…
Scientists retrace monarch’s toxin-immunity evolution

October 5, 2019

Small genetic changes prevent a normally fatal poison from killing monarch butterflies. By editing these genes into laboratory…
CRISPRed flies mimic monarch butterfly — and could make you vomit

October 3, 2019

The fruit flies in Noah Whiteman’s lab may be hazardous to your health. Whiteman and his University of…
Seismic lines helped butterflies survive Fort McMurray wildfire, study shows

August 20, 2019

Even as Alberta’s fierce wildfire raged in and around Fort McMurray in 2016, plants and butterflies were surviving…
As monarchs migrate northward, experts ask Iowans to keep habitat in mind

May 6, 2019

Monarch butterflies are fluttering this way, and, with some luck, they’ll be more plentiful than in previous years…
Speciation: a Few Big Genes or Many Little Ones?

February 14, 2019

We published two papers in PLOS Biology on the genetic architecture of speciation in Heliconius butterflies, among the best-known study…
Butterflies are genetically wired to choose a mate that looks just like them

February 12, 2019

Male butterflies have genes which give them a sexual preference for a partner with a similar appearance to…
Campus garden boosts population of bees and butterflies

September 26, 2018

The flowers mingle beautifully in a late-summer breeze along the west patio of the Iowa Memorial Union, the…
Migrating monarchs facing increased parasite risks

August 29, 2018

During their annual migration to wintering sites in Mexico, monarch butterflies encounter dangers ranging from cars and trucks to storms,…
Rising carbon dioxide levels pose a previously unrecognized threat to monarch butterflies

July 13, 2018

A new study conducted at the University of Michigan reveals a previously unrecognized threat to monarch butterflies: Mounting…
First time observed: monarch butterflies lay eggs in spring in Las Vegas

June 18, 2018

A Master Gardener’s five-year quest to increase pollinators by planting and conducting research with 30 varieties of milkweed…
Caterpillar ‘road rage’ could affect migration

May 14, 2018

Highway noise can lead to stress for monarch butterfly caterpillars. Monarch butterfly caterpillars living next to roads may be…
For Glaucoma-Monitoring Sensor Design, Researchers Looked to the Butterfly Wing

May 7, 2018

An easy-to-use implant sensor for at-home glaucoma monitoring developed by researchers at Caltech and tested at UC San…
Butterfly Wings Inspire Light-Manipulating Surface for Medical Implants

May 4, 2018

Sections of the wings of a longtail glasswing butterfly are almost perfectly transparent. Three years ago, Caltech postdoctoral…
Fossil study sheds light on ancient butterfly wing colours

April 16, 2018

Pioneering new research has given an illuminating new insight into the metallic, iridescent colours found on the earliest…
At last, butterflies get a bigger, better evolutionary tree

February 26, 2018

For hundreds of years, butterfly collecting has often inspired a special kind of fanaticism, spurring lengthy expeditions, sparking…
Scientists Bring Visual ‘Magic’ to Light

September 4, 2017

A butterfly’s wings and a peacock’s feathers use nanoscale architecture to bend light and produce brilliant colors without…
A case of mistaken identity: DNA links male, female butterfly thought to be distinct species

August 2, 2017

Researchers recently discovered what was thought to be a distinct species of butterfly is actually the female of…
Largest migration of Painted Lady butterflies expected in over a dozen years

July 17, 2017

Get ready for the best butterfly sighting in a dozen years as a wave of Painted Ladies streams…
Monarch Butterflies Need Help From Plant Population

July 7, 2017

Adding milkweeds and other native flowering plants into Midwestern agricultural lands is key to restoring monarch butterflies, with…
More Milkweeds Located Throughout the Landscape Can Help Conserve Monarchs

July 3, 2017

In a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Arizona and partners, scientists developed potential…
Surprising Insights Into the White Spots on Butterfly Wings

July 3, 2017

A collaboration between biologists and materials scientists at the University of Pennsylvania is yielding new insights into the…
Billions More Milkweeds Needed to Restore Monarchs

April 29, 2017

As many as 1.8 billion additional stems of milkweed plants may be needed in North America to return…
Large oil palm plantations change movement paths of rainforest butterflies

January 2, 2017

Human activities have considerably changed the landscape of the Earth. Our food industry needs a lot of products…
Tiny microbe turns tropical butterfly into male killer, scientists discover

July 21, 2016

A scientist from the University of Exeter has helped to identify a male-killing microbe in a tropical butterfly…
World’s greatest butterfly collection takes shape

July 6, 2016

Researchers at 27 universities and museums around the United States have begun creating what will soon become the…
How the lepidoptera got its spots

June 16, 2016

By tweaking just one or two genes, Cornell researchers have altered the patterns on a butterfly’s wings. It’s…
X-Ray Snapshot of Butterfly Wings Reveals Underlying Physics of Color

June 13, 2016

A team of physicists that visualized the internal nanostructure of an intact butterfly wing has discovered two physical…
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