The ButterflyNet online trait data extraction and atomization database is now online! View it here: http://butterflytraits.org/
Species traits are the product of evolutionary selection, and they determine how populations function within a given ecosystem. It is interesting enough to know what types of ecological and life history traits different butterfly species have, but matching this information with our phylogeny and distribution map will give future comparative studies great weight and significance. We will be able to investigate the origins of butterfly biodiversity, explore the co-evolution of caterpillar, adult, and host plant, and predict the responses of different species to climate and land-use change.