The Heliconius butterfly genome paper  is supercool for many reasons. Most important from my point of view is the attention to introgression among the different species of these South American butterflies.
The Heliconius reference genome allowed us to perform rigorous tests for introgression among melpomene–silvaniform clade species. We used RAD resequencing to reconstruct a robust phylogenetic tree based on 84 individuals of H.
One toxic butterfly species may mimic the wing pattern of another toxic species in the area. By using the same signal, they send a stronger message: DON'T EAT US! Now several research teams have discovered that Heliconius butterflie... Read Post
Pooling funds and putting their heads together, more than 70 scientists from 9 institutions including the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, sequenced the entire genome of the butterfly genus Heliconius, a brightly colored fav... Read Post