What makes some species common, yet others rare? Why are some species distributed widely while others are highly geographically restricted? These are the questions I’m attempting to answer as a graduate student at the University of Florida. My focal group is the clearwing butterflies (Nymphalidae: Ithomiini) of the New World or Neotropics. These butterflies are interesting for a million reasons, but for understanding patterns in abundance and distribution they are ideal among Neotropical insects.
I study clearwing butterflies but by no means are they my only interest. I find wonder in basically any plant or animal, and particularly those in tropical rainforests. I’ve created this blog to share some of the amazing things that I’ve had the good fortune to see and learn about during my time in the rainforest, in the Wild Tropics!
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