Our research has created the first comprehensive phylogeny for hawkmoths.
Using DNA sequences from five nuclear genes, a large-scale molecular analysis of hawkmoths has been completed.
These studies have:
Further research, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Florida, hopes to use further DNA sequences, in conjunction with a new analysis of morphological characters, to refine and expand the phylogeny to include all genera and major species-groups of sphingids.
In further collaboration with colleagues at Boise University, Idaho, this phylogeny will be used to underpin studies investigating the predator-prey relationship between bats and hawkmoths.