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Diversity and Evolution of Butterfly Wing Patterns

An Integrative Approach

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  • The first book to present the recent genetic and molecular insights into butterfly wing pattern development

  • Offers an integrative approach to understanding the diversity of butterfly wing patterns

  • Includes the necessary research fields to analyze the diversity: evo-devo, eco-evo, developmental genetics, comparative biology, molecular physiology, food plants, mathematical analysis and modeling

  • Provides excellent case studies for graduate and undergraduate classes in evolution, genetics/genomics, developmental biology, ecology, biochemistry, and also theoretical biology

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. Color Patterns of Larva and Other Insects

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This book facilitates an integrative understanding of the development, genetics and evolution of butterfly wing patterns. To develop a deep and realistic understanding of the diversity and evolution of butterfly wing patterns, it is essential and necessary to approach the problem from various kinds of key research fields such as “evo-devo,” “eco-devo,” ”developmental genetics,” “ecology and adaptation,” “food plants,” and “theoretical modeling.”

The past decade-and-a-half has seen a veritable revolution in our understanding of the development, genetics and evolution of butterfly wing patterns. In addition, studies of how environmental and climatic factors affect the expression of color patterns has led to increasingly deeper understanding of the pervasiveness and underlying mechanisms of phenotypic plasticity. In recognition of the great progress in research on the biology, an international meeting titled “Integrative Approach to Understanding the Diversity of Butterfly

Wing Patterns (IABP-2016)” was held at Chubu University, Japan in August 2016. This book consists of selected contributions from the meeting. Authors include main active researchers of new findings of corresponding genes as well as world leaders in both experimental and theoretical approaches to wing color patterns.

The book provides excellent case studies for graduate and undergraduate classes in evolution, genetics/genomics, developmental biology, ecology, biochemistry, and also theoretical biology, opening the door to a new era in the integrative approach to the analysis of biological problems.

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Biological Chemistry, Chubu University, Kasugai, Japan

    Toshio Sekimura

  • Department of Biology, Duke University, Durham, USA

    H. Frederik Nijhout

About the editors

Toshio Sekimura, Professor
Department of Biological Chemistry, Chubu University, Kasugai, Aichi 487-8501, Japan


H. Frederik Nijhout, Professor
Department of Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708, USA

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