News from IBE (CSIC-UPF)
The Butterfly Week is a research initiative that involves researchers and citizens. It is organized within the project Barcoding Italian Butterflies (BIB) and every year a different destination is choosen. During a week, a group of international researchers, including Roger Vila and colleagues from the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF), travel across gorgeous Italian landscapes to study and collect butterflies, in order to discover and describe their still largely unknown diversity.
During the trips, researchers meet the public to explain the importance of butterflies and to involve citizens in the collection and in the conservation actions. The first edition in 2014 was in Tuscan Archipelago National Park. In June 2015 they have been working in Southern Italy (Calabria and Basilicata), where they have catalogued 88 species of butterflies and found 2 holy grails.