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The Ecology and Evolution of Heliconius Butterflies

Chris D. Jiggins


Heliconius butterflies have contributed hugely to our understanding of evolution over the last 150 years. These brightly coloured tropical butterflies are famous for their great diversity of wing patterns and also repeated convergence of pattern due to mimicry. The book explores their ecological relationships with Passiflora host plants, which provide an example of coevolution between host and herbivore. They also have coevolved relationships with cucurbit vines that provide a reliable source of pollen for the butterflies in return for pollination services. This has led to a shift in life hist ... More

Keywords: butterfly, coevolution, ecology, rainforest, speciation, adaptive radiation, Heliconius, adaptive introgression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199566570
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566570.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris D. Jiggins, author
University Lecturer and Royal Society University Research Fellow, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge