The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change
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Parnassius apollo (Papilionidae) is an iconic butterfly species with a wide distribution from Spain to China. The distribution is, however, very spotwise, and e.g. in Germany only a few populations remain. It is the only non-tropical butterfly protected under the CITES convention. The goal of this project is to use high throughput sequencing to investigate the genetic diversity of Parnassius apollo across space and time. To do this we will mainly rely on museum specimens collected across the range of the species, and during the last 120 years, and supplement with fresh material to generate a high quality reference genome.