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The Center for Conservation Biology announces a new book,
published by University of Chicago Press:

Butterflies: Ecology and Evolution Taking Flight

Carol L. Boggs, Ward B. Watt, and Paul R Ehrlich, 2003

(order from amazon)

Science Magazine has reviewed our book: Learning from
Lepidoptera (pdf)
, by Nina Wedell.

  The beauty and grace of butterflies have long captivated people around the world, but their diversity and complexity have drawn the special attention of amateur and professional scientists since at least the time of Darwin. Thanks to this long history of research, more is known about butterflies than is known about almost any other group of insects. In Butterflies: Ecology and Evolution Taking Flight, the world's leading experts synthesize current knowledge of butterflies to show how the study of these fascinating creatures as model systems can lead to deeper understanding of ecological and evolutionary patterns and processes in general.

The twenty-six chapters are organized into broad functional areas, covering the uses of butterflies in the study of behavior, ecology, genetics and evolution, systematics, and conservation biology. Especially in the context of the current biodiversity crisis, this book shows how results found with butterflies can help us understand large, rapid changes in the world we share with them--for example, geographic distributions of some butterflies have begun to shift in response to global warming, giving early evidence of climate change that scientists, politicians, and citizens alike should heed.

The first international synthesis of butterfly biology in two decades, Butterflies: Ecology and Evolution Taking Flight offers students, scientists, and amateur naturalists a concise overview of the latest developments in the field. Furthermore, it articulates an exciting new perspective of the whole group of approximately 15,000 species of butterflies as a comprehensive model system for all the sciences concerned with biodiversity and its preservation.

  Table of Contents
Charles Lee Remington
I. Introduction Butterflies, Test Systems, and Biodiversity
Paul R. Ehrlich
II. Behavior  

1. Visual Ecology of Adult Butterflies

Ronald L. Rutowski

2. Molecular and Physiological Diversity of Visual Mechanisms in Papilio

Adriana D. Briscoe

3. Hawkmoth Pollination in Arizona's Sonoran Desert: Behavioral Responses to Floral Traits

Robert A. Raguso and Mark A. Willis

4. Sexual Selection and the Evolution of Butterfly Mating Systems

Christer Wiklund

5. Mate Location and Competition for Mates in a Pupal Mating Butterfly

Erika I. Deinert
III. Ecology  

6. Phenofaunistics: Seasonality as a Property of Butterfly Faunas

Arthur M. Shapiro, Richard VanBuskirk, Greg Kareofelas, and William D. Patterson

7. Modeling Present and Potential Future Ranges of European Butterflies Using Climate Response Surfaces

Jane K. Hill, Chris D. Thomas, and Brian Huntley

8. Ink Marks and Molecular Markers: Examining the Effects of Landscape on Dispersal Using Both Mark-Recapture and Molecular Methods

Nusha Keyghobadi, Jens Roland, Sherri Fownes, and Curtis Strobeck

9. Environmental Variation, Life Histories, and Allocation

Carol L. Boggs

10. Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Checkerspot Butterfly-Host Plant Association: The Diverse Roles of Oviposition Preference

Michael C. Singer

11. Sex Linkage of Host Plant Use in Butterflies

Niklas Janz
IV. Genetics and Evolutionary Dynamics  

12. The Evolution of Butterfly Eyespot Patterns

Paul M. Brakefield and Antónia Monteiro

13. Mimicry and Melanism in Swallowtail Butterflies: Toward a Molecular Understanding

Richard ffrench-Constant and P. Bernhard Koch

14. Adaptive Novelty through Introgression in Heliconius Wing Patterns: Evidence for a Shared Genetic "Toolbox" from Synthetic Hybrid Zones and a Theory of Diversification 000

Lawrence E. Gilbert

15. Mechanistic Studies of Butterfly Adaptations

Ward B. Watt

16. Mate Location: A Matter of Design? Adaptive Morphological Variation in the Speckled Wood Butterfly

Hans Van Dyck

17. Hybrid Zone Ecology and Tiger Swallowtail Trait Clines in North America

J. Mark Scriber, Mark Deering, and Aram Stump
V. Systematics and Species Diversification

18. Phylogenetic Relationships of the Riodinidae: Implications for the Evolution of Ant Association

Dana L. Campbell and Naomi E. Pierce

19. Phylogenetic Relationships of Ithomiinae based on First-Instar Larvae

Paulo César Motta

20. Butterfly Molecular Systematics: From Species Definitions to Higher-Level Phylogenies

Felix Sperling

21. Species Concepts and Sibling Species: The Case of Leptidea sinapis and Leptidea reali

Jean-François Martin, André Gilles, and Henri Descimon

22. Evidence and Identity in Butterfly Systematics

Richard I. Vane-Wright
VI. Conservation and Biodiversity

23. Butterflies and Conservation Planning in Madagascar: From Pattern to Practice

Claire Kremen, David C. Lees, and John P. Fay

24. Butterflies as Bioindicators for Climate Change Effects

Camille Parmesan

25. Movement Behavior and Minimum Patch Size for Butterfly Population Persistence

Elizabeth E. Crone and Cheryl B. Schultz

26. Biology of Extinctions in Butterfly Metapopulations

Ilkka Hanski
VII. Synthesis Butterflies as Model Systems in Ecology and Evolution---Present and Future Ward B. Watt and Carol L. Boggs

Updated 16 March 2005