Geographic differences and microevolutionary changes in thermal sensitivity of butter fl y larvae in response to climate

  title={Geographic differences and microevolutionary changes in thermal sensitivity of butter fl y larvae in response to climate},
  author={Jessica K. Higgins and H J Maclean and Lauren B Buckley and Joel G Kingsolver},
1. Rapid evolution of physiological traits in response to novel thermal environments has rarely been demonstrated in natural populations. 2. We studied the temperature dependence [thermal performance curves (TPCs)] of larval feeding rate for two populations each of Colias eurytheme and Colias eriphyle in North America that occur over a range of elevations and climates. Using historical data for two of the populations, we assessed changes over time in both air temperatures and TPCs for larval… CONTINUE READING

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