Dincă V*, Dapporto L*, Somervuo P, Vodă R, Cuvelier S, Gascoigne-Pees M, Huemer P, Mutanen M, Hebert PDN, Vila R (2021) High resolution DNA barcode library for European butterflies reveals continental patterns of mitochondrial genetic diversity. Commun Biol 4: 315. DOI: 10.1038/s42003-021-01834-7 (*co-first authors)

Why are there so many different butterflies?
How did they evolve?
Is climate change affecting them?
How do butterflies colonize islands?
Are there species that look the same?
These are some of the questions we try to answer in our research.
Above all, we are passionate about butterflies, exploration & science!
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Are you a student or researcher and would like to join us in our adventures? Do not hesitate to send me an e-mail (roger.vila@csic.es).

New video following the extraordinary trip of the butterfly Vanessa cardui from Northern Europe to the tropical savannah!

Spanish and Catalan version

Would you like to know how we work?

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Vila, R., Stefanescu, C. & Sesma, J.M. (2018) Guia de les papallones diürnes de Catalunya. Lynx Edicions, Bellaterra, 508 pages. 

Check out our new website of the Worldwide Painted Lady Migration Project.

Gerard Talavera leads the Insect Migration and Phylodiversity Lab at the Institut Botànic de Barcelona (IBB, CSIC).

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Kaminski LA, Volkmann L, Callaghan CJ, DeVries PJ, Vila R, (2021) The first known riodinid ‘cuckoo’ butterfly reveals deep-time convergence and parallelism in ant social parasites. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society (published online as early view). DOI: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zlaa150 

Hinojosa JC, Dapporto L, Brockmann E, Dincă V, Tikhonov V, Grishin N, Lukhtanov VA, Vila R, (2020) Overlooked cryptic diversity in Muschampia (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae) adds two species to the European butterfly fauna Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society (published online ahead of print). DOI: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zlaa171

Menchetti M*, Talavera G*, Cini A, Salvati V, Dinca V, Platania L, Bonelli S, Balletto E, Vila R, Dapporto L (2021). Two ways to be endemic. Alps and Apennines are different functional refugia during climatic cycles. Molecular Ecology 30:1297–1310. (* co-first authors)

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Mattia Menchetti obtained “laCaixa” INPhINIT fellowship and started his PhD on the project "the genetic map of European ants"! Check out the project page!


Talavera G, Lukhtanov V, Pierce NE, Vila R (2021) DNA barcodes combined with multi-locus data of representative taxa can generate reliable higher-level phylogenies. Systematic Biology (accepted). DOI: 10.1093/sysbio/syab038 

Ebdon S, Laetsch DR, Dapporto L, Hayward A, Ritchie MG, Dinca V, Vila R & Lohse K (2021) The Pleistocene species pump past its prime: evidence from European butterfly sister species. Molecular Ecology (published online ahead of print). DOI: 10.1111/mec.15981    

Congratulations to Joan Carles for successfully defending his PhD Thesis “Exploring the butterfly speciation continuum”



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e-mail: roger.vila@csic.es