Discovery of mass migration and breeding of the painted lady butterfly Vanessa cardui in the Sub‐Sahara: the Europe–Africa migration revisited

@inproceedings{Talavera2016DiscoveryOM,
  title={Discovery of mass migration and breeding of the painted lady butterfly Vanessa cardui in the Sub‐Sahara: the Europe–Africa migration revisited},
  author={Gerard Talavera and Roger Vila},
  year={2016}
}
Migratory behaviour has repeatedly evolved across taxa as an adaptation to heterogeneity in space and time. However, insect migration is still poorly understood, partly because of the lack of field data. The painted lady butterfly Vanessa cardui undertakes a long-distance annual migration between Europe and Africa. While spring flights from the Maghreb to Europe are well characterized, it is not known how far the European autumn migrants travel into Africa and whether they massively cross the… CONTINUE READING
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