Swallowtail caterpillar UMZC collection

Do caterpillars like it hot?

To celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month the Museum is sharing the stories of 27 inspirational women, alongside the animals they work with the most.

Esme Ashe-Jepson

Museum of Zoology

“My PhD investigates the effect of temperature on British butterflies, focusing on caterpillars, using a mix of both lab and field research. As each life stage of a butterfly varies in both form and function, they are likely to have different heat requirements, though what these are and how they change throughout the life cycle is currently unknown.

The goal of my research is to improve our predictions of how insect populations may change in the future, and improve the management and design of nature reserves to maintain butterflies in the face of climate change.

Find out more about this research on the Insect Ecology Group Site or follow them on Twitter: @InsectGroup


An equal world is an enabled world.
#IWD2020  #EachforEqual

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