Lepidoptera are a large and often beautiful group of insects that comprise the butterflies and moths. There are over 157,000 known species across the world, with the highest concentration in the tropics.
We are focusing our research on the taxonomy, phylogeny, zoogeography and evolution of:
We are also developing digital 3D image software to study the small-scale structure (morphology) of these insects.
With over 5000 described species, Phycitinae is the largest subfamily within Pyralidae, or snout moths.
The superfamily Hepialoidea or swift moths, have a number of intriguing morphological, ecological and behavioural features.
Our hawkmoth research aims to develop our understanding of this attractive family.
Learn how Museum staff are resolving the classification of this large superfamily.
Microtomography uses X-rays to create a detailed 3D image of a specimen without destroying it.