The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig
is a research museum of the Leibniz Association
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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
Naomi Pierce, Harvard University
Financed by the Research Council of Norway from 2011 to 2013. Fieldwork was partially funded by the Putnam Expedition Fund at the Museum of Caomparative Zoology at Harvard University, and The Hintelmann Scientific Award.