Bicyclus dorothea

B. dorothea, Light Bush Brown, is a forest butterfly common across the study area in Cameroon and Gabon and is readily captured using fruit-baited butterfly traps. It is closely related to B. anynana, a model species that has been the subject of intense ecological and evolutionary study. Extensive genetic markers have been developed for B. anynana, and its gene-based linkage map is one of the richest available for butterflies. B. anynana is also a model for studies of climate change adaptation. Common garden studies have shown significant plasticity of wing pattern traits in response to varying temperature-rainfall conditions. Furthermore, acclimation and phenotypic plasticity have been shown to play important roles in determining temperature stress responses in B. anynana.


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