Akito Kawahara

comparing butterfly wings

Worker bees behind the scenes

Lab technicians instrumental in daily research operations As a vegan and animal lover, lab technician Samantha Epstein had always envisioned a future working w...
A new study shows hawkmoths, including this species belonging to the subtribe choerocampine, produces ultrasound as a defense mechanism against bats. The study led by Florida Museum of Natural History Lepidopterist Akito Kawahara found that many hawkmoth species have used a sound-producing system found in their genitals to elude bats for millennia. Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Pablo Padron

The evolution of hawkmoths’ sonar jamming

A new study shows hawkmoths, including this species belonging to the subtribe choerocampine, produces ultrasound as a defense mechanism against bats. Florida M...
Fiery Skipper Hylephila phyleus

DNA tells story of butterfly evolution

Assistant curator of Lepidoptera Akito Kawahara led a yearlong study that revealed monumental discoveries about the evolutionary history of butterflies and mot...
These dredge contents collected near Seahorse Key

First BioBlitz at Seahorse Key

During the winter holidays every year, hundreds of “snowbirds” travel from the northern U.S. and Canada for the warmth of the South Florida sun. But there’s ...