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...