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.
Heliconius numata (top) mimics the wing pattern of Melinaea mneme (bottom). What’s the News: A single species of butterfly in the Amazon is able to copy the wing patterns of several neighboring species to avoid being eaten by hungry...
A landmark effort to sequence the genome of a South American butterfly has revealed the key behind its unusual ability to mimic other butterflies. read more
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...
Scientists have discovered promiscuous sharing of large regions of DNA code among species by sequencing the genome of a South American butterfly.