The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association




Quick facts

Project title: 
ButterflyNet--an integrative framework for comparative biology
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ButterflyNet is a project funded by the National Science Fundation and aims to sequence ~400 genes for one member of all genera and 13 genes for one member of all other species using target enrichment.

Butterflies are the best known of all insect taxa, making them the ideal target for comparative studies. We will produce the first fully resolved species­ level phylogeny of a major insect clade and synthesize available databases on host associations, life­history traits and distribution data in order to provide new knowledge products to the broad community of researchers and the general public 



Contact person

Head of section
+49 228 9122-220
+49 228 9122-212
m.espeland [at]