Butterfly family tree mapped

The “Tree of Lepidoptera” - comprising butterflies, moths and related species - has been mapped back to their earliest common ancestor with genetic sequencing technology.

In a world first effort, researchers from the University of Florida used next-generation DNA sequencing to extensively trace the evolutionary tree of butterflies and moths.

The mapping of the tree revealed some interesting findings, including that butterflies are more closely related to small moths than large moths.

Read more at The University of Florida