My research on eyespots mentioned in the New York Times!

My labmates recently published a paper on the evolution of imperfect mimicry in hoverflies (Syrphidae) in a top science journal: Nature. The paper is titled "A comparative analysis of the evolution of imperfect mimicry" and has been receiving a fair amount of press. Rightfully so, it assesses the validity of 5 distinct theories proposed to explain why mimicry is frequently imperfect, and sometimes poor. I know of no other research that has examined of these theories so synthetically and with such high quality empirical support. There is a perhaps more readable News & Views article about this paper available here: Note that Nature stringently limits access to their material, which may prevent some of you from accessing the articles directly (at least for now).

The New York Times had a short piece on this interesting research, and I was excited to see that my research on caterpillar eyespots is mentioned at the end of the article:

"The scientists think they may be able to apply similar methods to study mimicry in other animals. Next up: large caterpillars with eyespots that help them mimic snakes."

The article can be found here: