Category Archives: evolution

Common Wisdom About Monarch Genetics Likely Wrong

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Cercyonis pegala agawamensis: Salt Marsh Wood Nymph

In 2014, Matthew Arey and Alex Grkovich described a new subspecies of Wood Nymph that occurs in the salt marshes in New England (type locality in Essex Co., MA).  The rest of the eastern coastline hasn’t been surveyed for this … Continue reading

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Clemson scientists unraveling astonishing complexities of the butterfly proboscis

Editor’s Note:  I missed this fascinating piece on butterfly proboscis research out of Clemson U earlier this year.  Here’s the university press piece: Jim Melvin, College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; Public Service and Agriculture, August 23, 2016 CLEMSON, … Continue reading

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Butterfly mother’s food choice for offspring changes with experience

An adult female Chilades pandava arches her abdomen to deposit an egg on a Cycas revoluta leaf. The larvae will emerge from the egg to feed on the expanding leaf tissue. Credit: Thomas Marler Date: November 22, 2016 Source: University … Continue reading

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Evolutionary Novelty in a Butterfly Wing Pattern through Enhancer Shuffling

An interesting new paper from PLOS-Biology on evolution of wing patterns. Evolutionary Novelty in a Butterfly Wing Pattern through Enhancer Shuffling, Richard Wallbank et al.  Published: January 15, 2016. Author’s summary: >  Butterflies show an amazing diversity of patterns on … Continue reading

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