Single genes control color, stripes in butterfly wings

Media note: Photographs of the researched butterfly wings can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/ReedSingleGene ITHACA, N.Y. – Two papers prove for the first time how single master genes – one for colors and iridescence and the other for stripe patterns – control these complex traits in butterfly wings, according to research by a team that includes […]

Visit the bizarre, bad and beneficial world of bugs at Insectapalooza 2016

WHAT: Insectapalooza 2016 to feature “Battle of the Bugs” display, live Anthropod Zoo, Butterfly Room, and hands-on learning activities WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Comstock Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca VISUALS: To view and download images from previous Insectapalooza events, visit https://cornell.box.com/v/insectphotos. MEDIA: The event is open to the public. Interviews […]

Beyond milkweed: Monarchs face habitat, nectar threats

ITHACA, N.Y. – In the face of scientific dogma that faults the population decline of monarch butterflies on a lack of milkweed, herbicides and genetically modified crops, a new Cornell University study casts wider blame: sparse autumnal nectar sources, weather and habitat fragmentation.     Media note: A video of the researcher explaining the findings is […]