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!
Join our lab!
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.

Schär, S., Eastwood, R., Arnaldi, K.G., Talavera, G., Boyle, J.H., Espeland, M., Nash, D.R., Vila, R. & Pierce, N.E. (2018) Ecological specialization drives diversification in the ant- associated butterfly family Lycaenidae. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B 285: 20181158; doi: 10.1098/rspb.2018.1158

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Welcome to Josep Roca, our new lab technician. He help us to take care our collection.

Lukhtanov, V.A.*, Dincă, V.*, Friberg, M., Šíchová, J., Olofsson, M., Vila, R., Marec, F., Wiklund, C. (2018) Versatility of multivalent orientation, inverted meiosis, and rescued fitness in holocentric chromosomal hybrids. PNAS 201802610; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1802610115  (*co-first authors) (Featured in the journal cover).

Suchan, T.*, Talavera, G.*, Sáez, Ll., Ronikier, M. & Vila, R. (2018) Pollen metabarcoding as a tool for tracking long-distance insect migrations. Molecular Ecology Resources; doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12948 (*co-first authors).

Hinojosa, J.C., Monasterio, Y., Escobés, R., Dincă, V. & Vila, R. (2018) Erebia epiphron and Erebia orientalis: sibling butterfly species with contrasting histories. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society (early view). doi: 10.1093/biolinnean/bly182. 



Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF)

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08003 Barcelona, Spain

Tel: (+34) 93 230 96 46

Fax: (+34) 93 221 10 11

e-mail: roger.vila@csic.es