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The Reason These Poisonous Butterflies Don’t Mate Is Written in Their DNA

About a decade ago, evolutionary biologist Richard Merrill would spend several hours a day in “hot, steamy Panama,” sitting in a cage filled with Heliconius butterflies, waiting for them to have sex. Continue reading The Reason These Poisonous Butterflies Don’t Mate Is Written in Their DNA

We’ve Finally Solved the Mystery of How Monarch Butterflies Navigate Thousands of Miles

Each year, the migratory monarch butterfly embarks on an extraordinary journey from eastern North America to central Mexico. A multidisciplinary team of scientists has now created a model circuit that finally explains how these insects are able to navigate across such vast distances.

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