EVOLUTION AND SIGNIFICANCE OF COLORATION PATTERNS IN THE BUTTERFLY TRIBE PREPONINI (NYMPHALIDAE: CHARAXINAE)

Focus group: Tribe Preponini and Callicore and Asterope.

 

Butterflies-PhD

Department of Entomology and Nematology and McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity (FLMNH) – University of Florida.

Spring 2012 – ?

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

A reliable classification scheme was produced during my Master’s project. This goal was successful but also opened our eyes to additional interesting questions at lower taxonomic levels. So, I would say it unlocked a world of possibilities regarding the study of preponine butterflies and related butterfly genera.

Therefore, for my PhD dissertation, I will use the phylogenetic hypothesis produced in my master’s research in order to explore the role of color in:

–       Mate recognition

–       Speciation

–       Mimicry

However, before focusing on these interesting questions, I will attempt to include more taxa and characters in order to produce an even more reliable classification scheme to use as a framework!