An Edith’s checkerspot butterfly
Genome Spotlight: Edith’s Checkerspot Butterfly (Euphydryas editha)
A high-quality genome sequence for this versatile insect will likely aid eco-evolutionary research.
Genome Spotlight: Edith’s Checkerspot Butterfly (Euphydryas editha)
Genome Spotlight: Edith’s Checkerspot Butterfly (Euphydryas editha)

A high-quality genome sequence for this versatile insect will likely aid eco-evolutionary research.

A high-quality genome sequence for this versatile insect will likely aid eco-evolutionary research.

lepidoptera
close up photograph of brown and yellow caterpillar on a strawberry
Genes Shared With Viruses Protect Caterpillars from Parasitic Wasps
Annie Melchor | Jul 30, 2021
A newly identified gene family named “parasitoid killing factor” is found in both insect-infecting viruses and their hosts, although researchers can’t yet tell where they originated.
Image of the Day: Ancient Moth Wings
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Jan 12, 2018
The 200-million-year-old fossils, the earliest found of lepidopterans, show characteristics of extant moths.
Image of the Day: Not a Leaf
The Scientist Staff | Jul 26, 2017
With brown splotches artfully strewn against its bright yellow coloring, the striking imperial moth (Eacles imperialis) appears more leaf than Lepidoptera.
A Most Kinky Moth
Carrie Arnold | May 1, 2015
A retired entomologist discovers a world of behavioral diversity in the courtship rituals of a well-studied moth species.
Genome Digest
Molly Sharlach | Sep 10, 2014
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Waiting in the Wings
Erin Weeks | Dec 1, 2013
A century’s worth of collected butterflies shed light on how climate change threatens the survival of early-emerging species.