Das Zoologische Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig

ist ein Forschungsmuseum der Leibniz Gemeinschaft

African ant blues

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Titel des Projekts: 
From host plants to host ants: Evolution of phyto-predation in butterflies
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Beschreibung

This project studies the life history evolution of African butterflies in the genus Lepidochrysops. Unlike 99% of Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies), the species in this genus are phyto-predaceous: caterpillars initially feed on flowers, but eventually lose interest in the plant and are carried by ants into the brood chamber of the nest. Here they either eat the brood directly, or are fed mouth-to-mouth like cuckoos for the remainder of their development.

I'm currently inferring the phylogeny of the group and looking into life history evolution and biogeographical patterns

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Sektionsleiterin
Kustodin
+49 228 9122-220
+49 228 9122-212
m.espeland [at] leibniz-zfmk.de