Tri-State Collaboration on Butterfly Behavior

On of the difficulties of conducting controlled animal behavior research and behavioral genetics is creating a climate controlled enclosure that is large enough for animals to exhibit a wide range of natural social behaviors.

To better understand the social behavior of butterflies and the relationship between wing pattern and behavior, we are collaborating with Dr. Carrie Olson-Manning at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD; Dr. Marcus Kronforst at The University of Chicago; and the Butterfly House and Marine Cove in Sioux Falls SD. This collaboration allows us to study and track the behavior of known butterflies in a large, semi-nature forest environment, train undergraduates to use experimental techniques in animal behavior, and engage the public in integrative animal behavior research.