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

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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.

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Valéria Marques obtained FPI fellowship and started her PhD on the project “Speciation in butterflies: Uncovering cryptic diversity through genomics”.

Talavera G, Lukhtanov V, Pierce NE, Vila R (2022) DNA barcodes combined with multi-locus data of representative taxa can generate reliable higher-level phylogenies. Systematic Biology71(2): 382-395. DOI: 10.1093/sysbio/syab038    

Check out the new cover at Systematic Biology! A great photo by our colleague Vlad Dinca

Hinojosa JC, Dapporto L, Pitteloud C, Koubínová D, Hernández-Roldán J, Vicente JC, Alvarez N, Vila R (2022) Hybridization fuelled diversification in Spialia butterflies. Molecular Ecology (published online ahead of print). DOI: 10.1111/mec.16426

Hinojosa JC, Tóth JP, Monasterio Y, Sánchez Mesa L, Muñoz Sariot MG, Escobés R, Vila R (2022) Integrative taxonomy reveals a new Melitaea (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) species widely distributed in the Iberian Peninsula. Insect Systematics and Diversity 6(2): 1-9. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/isd/ixac004

Escuer P*, Hinojosa JC*, Minguet-Parramona C, Romo H, Munguira M, Olivares J, Dincă V, Talavera G, Vila R (2022) Genetic assessment and climate modelling of the Iberian specialist butterfly Euchloe bazae (Lepidoptera: Pieridae). Insect Conservation and Diversity 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1111/icad.12579 (*co-first authors).

Schär S, Talavera G, Rana JD, Espadaler X, Cover SP, Shattuck SO, Vila R (2022) Integrative taxonomy reveals cryptic diversity in North American Lasius ants, and an overlooked introduced species. Scientific Reports, 12: 5970. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-10047-9 

Hinojosa JC, Vicente JC, Hernández-Roldán J & Vila R (2022) Estructura genètica mitocondrial del murri dels rosers (Spialia rosae) i primeres citacions de l’espècie a Catalunya (Papilionoidea: Hesperiidae) / Mitochondrial genetic structure of Spialia rosae and first records of the species in Catalonia (Papilionoidea: Hesperiidae). Butlletí de la Societat Catalana de Lepidopterologia 112, 23-30.

Menchetti M, Schifani E, Gentile V, Vila, R (2022). The worrying arrival of the invasive Asian needle ant Brachyponera chinensis in Europe (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa, 5115: 146-150. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.5115.1.10



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