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The evolution of alternative parasitic life histories in large blue butterflies
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The phylogeny for the large blue (Maculinea) butterflies group is presented, which shows that it is a monophyletic clade nested within Phengaris, a rare Oriental genus whose species have similar life histories.
Phylogenetic Relationships Within Heliodinidae and Systematics of Moths Formerly Assigned to Heliodines Stainton (Lepidoptera: Yponomeutoidea)
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Four uniquely derived autapomorphies for the Heliodinidae are identified: M vein of forewing two-branched, presumably with M3 lost; tegumen greatly expanded posteriorly, forming a sclerotized, hollow tube;ventral branches of apophyses anteriores originating from a fused transverse bridge; and pupa with long, stiff dorsal and lateral setae.
Mitogenomic sequences effectively recover relationships within brush-footed butterflies (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae)
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The most striking phylogenetic findings were that the subfamily Danainae not Libytheinae was sister of the remaining brush-footed butterflies and that, within Limenitidini, the genus Athyma was clearly polyphyletic.
Elucidating genetic signatures of native and introduced populations of the Cycad Blue, Chilades pandava to Taiwan: a threat both to Sago Palm and to native Cycas populations worldwide
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This study not only flags an important new invasive insect that needs to be monitored and controlled within the horticultural trade and for in situ cycad conservation, but also provides a clearly documented case of the transformation of a native tropical butterfly into a pest via introduced horticulture plants.
Phylogeny and Historical Biogeography of Asian Pterourus Butterflies (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae): A Case of Intercontinental Dispersal from North America to East Asia
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Dating and biogeographic analysis allow us to infer an intercontinental dispersal of an American ancestor of Asian Pterourus in the early Miocene, which was coincident with historical paleo-land bridge connections, resulting in the present “East Asia-America” disjunction distribution.
Molecular Phylogeny, Laboratory Rearing, and Karyotype of the Bombycid Moth, Trilocha varians
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Molecular phylogenetic analyses revealed that T. varians belongs to the subfamily Bombycinae, thus showing a close relationship to the domesticated silkworm Bombyx mori (L.), a lepidopteran model insect.
The Immature Stages, Biology, and Phylogenetic Relationships of Rotunda rotundapex (Lepidoptera: Bombycidae)
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A strongly supported molecular phylogeny based on six genes representing seven genera of Bombycinae from the Old World revealed that Rotunda is a distinct monotypic lineage sister to Bombyx.
Female sex pheromone and male behavioral responses of the bombycid moth Trilocha varians: comparison with those of the domesticated silkmoth Bombyx mori
Analysis of female sex pheromone components and subsequent field trap experiments demonstrated that the bombycid moth Trilocha varians uses a mixture of (E,Z)-10,12-hexadecadienal (bombykal) and
A new species of Shaanxiana (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) from southern China.
  • Y. Hsu
  • Biology
    Zootaxa
  • 1 October 2015
Shaanxiana australis sp. nov. (Theclinae: Theclini) is described from southern China, representing a new taxon of the genus and a remarkable known geographical range extension of the genus. The
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