Prehistoric Moths Show Their True Colors

Happy 2012 butterfly fans!  In order to better celebrate the future, we’re taking a  look back into the past: the ancient past.  The earliest known butterflies and moths evolved about 50 million years ago (although there is some evidence that

Prehistoric Moths Show Their True Colors

Happy 2012 butterfly fans!  In order to better celebrate the future, we’re taking a  look back into the past: the ancient past.  The earliest known butterflies and moths evolved about 50 million years ago (although there is some evidence that

New Atlas Maps all 441 Species of European Butterflies

Get excited, because the Distribution Atlas of Butterflies in Europe was released today, and butterfly scientists will be lining up around the block to get their hands on a copy.   The new atlas gives detailed maps of the ranges

New Atlas Maps all 441 Species of European Butterflies

Get excited, because the Distribution Atlas of Butterflies in Europe was released today, and butterfly scientists will be lining up around the block to get their hands on a copy.   The new atlas gives detailed maps of the ranges

The incredible shrinking butterfly?

Is climate change causing cold blooded organisms to shrink?  That’s the finding of a new paper by Dr. Andrew Hirst and his research group at the Queen Mary’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.  The researchers collected data from 40 years

The incredible shrinking butterfly?

Is climate change causing cold blooded organisms to shrink?  That’s the finding of a new paper by Dr. Andrew Hirst and his research group at the Queen Mary’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.  The researchers collected data from 40 years

Zombie Caterpillars Lurch Through Forest Canopy, Infecting Their Brethren

The zombie caterpillar apocalypse has begun!   A recent study published in Science by Dr. Kelli Hoover and her research group at Penn State showed that a virus infecting gypsy moth caterpillars  causes them to become like the living dead.  Infected

Zombie Caterpillars Lurch Through Forest Canopy, Infecting Their Brethren

The zombie caterpillar apocalypse has begun!   A recent study published in Science by Dr. Kelli Hoover and her research group at Penn State showed that a virus infecting gypsy moth caterpillars  causes them to become like the living dead.  Infected

Butterflies and Social Science

One of the really fun things about my fellowship  in Japan was meeting other students from different  fields.  One person who does especially cool work is my friend Annabel Vallard, who is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for South

Butterflies and Social Science

One of the really fun things about my fellowship  in Japan was meeting other students from different  fields.  One person who does especially cool work is my friend Annabel Vallard, who is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for South

MacGyver Moments in Science II: the Hyaku Yen store

As we’ve previously discussed on the blog,  scientists sometimes need to improvise research tools using house hold objects .  I recently got a shipment of butterflies from Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan. I’m hoping to test whether these northern butterflies

MacGyver Moments in Science II: the Hyaku Yen store

As we’ve previously discussed on the blog,  scientists sometimes need to improvise research tools using house hold objects .  I recently got a shipment of butterflies from Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan. I’m hoping to test whether these northern butterflies

Silkworms and Samurai: How Butterflies Shaped Modern Science in Japan

Before coming to Japan I didn’t know anything about the history of science in Asia.    Luckily, the fellowship program I’m brought in a guest speaker, Dr. Kaori Iida, to give the American students a crash course in Japanese scientific

Silkworms and Samurai: How Butterflies Shaped Modern Science in Japan

Before coming to Japan I didn’t know anything about the history of science in Asia.    Luckily, the fellowship program I’m brought in a guest speaker, Dr. Kaori Iida, to give the American students a crash course in Japanese scientific