Why are there so many different butterflies?
How did they evolve?
Is climate change affecting them?
How do butterflies colonize islands?
Are there species that look the same?
These are some of the questions we try to answer in our research.
Above all, we are passionate about butterflies, exploration & science!
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Welcome to 
Roger Vila’s Lab
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Are you a student or researcher and would like to join us in our adventures? Do not hesitate to send me an e-mail (roger.vila@csic.es).

New video following the extraordinary trip of the butterfly Vanessa cardui from Northern Europe to the tropical savannah!

Spanish and Catalan version

Would you like to know how we work?

See the video and find it out!

Vila, R., Stefanescu, C. & Sesma, J.M. (2018) Guia de les papallones diürnes de Catalunya. Lynx Edicions, Bellaterra, 508 pages. 

Check out our new website of the Worldwide Painted Lady Migration Project.

Congratulations to Gerard, who has obtained a highly competitive Junior Leader Fellowship La Caixa. The Insect Migration Lab is becoming a reality!!

Gaunet, A., Dincă, V., Dapporto, L., Montagud, S., Vodă, R., Schär, S., Badiane, A., Font, E., & Vila, R. (2019). Two consecutive Wolbachia-mediated mitochondrial introgressions obscure taxonomy in Palearctic swallowtail butterflies (Lepidoptera, Papilionidae). Zoologica Scripta. 2019; 00:1-13

Hinojosa JC, Koubínová D, Szenteczki MA, Pitteloud C, Dincă V, Alvarez N & Vila R. (2019) A mirage of cryptic species: Genomics uncover striking mitonuclear discordance in the butterfly Thymelicus sylvestris. Molecular Ecology, Published as early view. DOI: 10.1111/mec.15153 (Featured in the journal cover).

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Mackintosh A, Laetsch DR, Hayward A, Charlesworth B, Waterfall M, Vila R & Lohse K (2019) The determinants of genetic diversity in butterflies. Nature Communications, 10: 3466. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-11308-4

Sean F. Ryan, Eric Lombaert, Anne Espeset, Roger Vila, Gerard Talavera, Vlad Dinca, Meredith M. Doellman, Mark A. Renshaw, Matthew W. Eng, Emily A. Hornett, Yiyuan Li, Michael E. Pfrender and DeWayne Shoemakera. (2019) Global invasion history of the agricultural pest butterfly Pieris rapae revealed with genomics and citizen science. www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1907492116.

Platania L, Voda R, Dinca V, Talavera G, Vila R, Dapporto L (2020) Integrative analyses on western Palearctic Lasiommata reveal a mosaic of nascent butterfly species. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research (published as early view). DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12356.

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Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF)

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08003 Barcelona, Spain

Tel: (+34) 93 230 96 46

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e-mail: roger.vila@csic.es