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by Chris D. Jiggins

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Catalog #3744, Ecology-and-Evolution-of-Heliconius-Butterflies

2017, 288 pages, 32 color plates, b/w illustrations throughout.  The Heliconius butterflies are one of the classic systems in evolutionary biology and have contributed hugely to our understanding of evolution over the last 150 years. Their dramatic radiation and remarkable mimicry has fascinated biologists since the days of Bates, Wallace, and Darwin.

This volume is the first thorough and accessible treatment of the ecology, genetics, and behavior of these butterflies, exploring how they offer remarkable insights into tropical biodiversity. The book begins by outlining some of the evolutionary questions that Heliconius research has helped to address, moves on to an overview of the butterflies themselves and their ecology and behavior, then focuses on wing pattern evolution, and finally, speciation.  An extensive taxonomic list compiled by Gerardo Lamas and Chris Jiggins is included.

Richly illustrated with 32 plates, this book makes the extensive scientific literature on Heliconius butterflies accessible to a wide audience of professional ecologists, evolutionary biologists, entomologists, and amateur collectors.  Hardcover; 7-1/2 x 10".

From Wikipedia:
"Heliconius comprises a colorful and widespread genus of brush-footed butterflies commonly known as the longwings or heliconians. This genus is distributed throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the New World, from South America as far north as the southern United States. The larvae of these butterflies eat passion flower vines (Passifloraceae). Adults exhibit bright wing color patterns to signal their distastefulness to potential predators.

Brought to the forefront of scientific attention by Victorian naturalists, these butterflies exhibit a striking diversity and mimicry, both amongst themselves and with species in other groups of butterflies and moths. The study of Heliconius and other groups of mimetic butterflies allowed the English naturalist Henry Walter Bates, following his return from Brazil in 1859, to lend support to Charles Darwin, who had found similar diversity amongst the Galapagos finches."

3744 Jiggins, Ecology & Evolution of Heliconius Butterflies

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