Title: Colors, Choices, and Conflict: Evolutionary Insights from the Reproductive Biology of Butterflies
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Why are male butterflies often more colorful than females? And if female preferences are responsible for the evolution of male colors, what benefits do females enjoy from choosing more colorful males as mates? Dr. Morehouse will tackle these topics and others related to butterfly courtship, mating and reproduction as he discusses recent insights from his research into the colorful lives of these remarkable animals.
A preview of his presentation (from 2017) can be found in an Atlantic article titled “This Common Butterfly Has an Extraordinary Sex Life”: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/06/butterfly-cabbage-white-vagina-dentata/530889/
Dr. Morehouse is an Associate Professor of Biology and Director of the Institute for Research in Sensing at the University of Cincinnati. His research focuses on the visual ecology and evolutionary biology of insects and spiders. He also has strong interests in interdisciplinary research and conversations between science and the arts. More information about him and his life’s work can be found in this recent Q&A published in Currently Biology: