Heliconius

Evolution painted onto butterfly wings

Using a reverse paint-by-numbers approach, scientists have located another gene that controls the brilliant patterning of Heliconius butterfly wings. Led by…

Evolutionary Geneticist Helps Find Butterfly Gene, Clue to Age-Old Question

The more-than-century-long challenge has involved a secret of the Heliconius butterfly, the orange, black, yellow, and red insect that hasn't easily…

An eye gene colors butterfly wings red

Now several research teams that include Smithsonian scientists in Panama, have discovered that Heliconius butterflies mimic each other's red wing patterns…

New study uncovers secrets behind butterfly wing patterns

The genes that make a fruit fly’s eyes red also produce red wing patterns in the Heliconius butterfly found in South and Central America, finds a new study by…