Postdoc Jen Fenner was awarded a grant for $8,620 from the Texas Ecolabs program to conduct a comparative investigation across Lepidoptera on the rate of transition from Syncytial to Cellular Blastoderm formation. This is the second year we've received funding for this project. Last year we characterized this process in the Painted Lady butterfly, Vanessa cardui, and plan to extend to other butterflies and moths this summer.
Development of the Painted Lady butterfly from 2hrs post egg laying (left) till greater than 24hrs (right)
Ryan and Jen catching Texas butterflies summer 2022