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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Roger Vila’s Lab
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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?

See the video and find it out!

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.

Thanks to a Ramón y Cajal fellowship to Gerard Talavera, “The Insect Migration Lab” has become an independent group at IBB

Platania L, Menchetti M, Dinca V, Corbella C, Kay-Lavelle I, Vila R, Wiemers M, Schweiger O, Dapporto L (2020) Assigning occurrence data to cryptic taxa improves climatic niche assessments: Biodecrypt, a new tool tested on European butterflies. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 29:1852-1865; DOI: 10.1111/geb.13154

Hinojosa JC, Koubínová D, Dincă V, Hernández-Roldán J, Munguira ML, García-Barros E, Vila M, Alvarez N, Mutanen M & Vila R (2020) Rapid colour shift by reproductive character displacement in Cupido butterflies. Molecular Ecology (published online as early view); DOI: 10.1111/mec.15682 

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 

de Freina JJ, Monasterio León, Escobés Jiménez R, Hinojosa JC, & Vila R (2020) Heterogynis Rambur, 1837 (Lepidoptera: Zygaenoidea, Heterogynidae) from Andalusia and the Algarve (Spain and Portugal): a taxonomic and faunistic review. Boletín de la Sociedad Entomológica Aragonesa 67: 75-85. 

Yeray Monasterio

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



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e-mail: roger.vila@csic.es