Jadranka Rota, Ph.D. student
University of Connecticut
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
75 N Eagleville Rd Unit-3043
Storrs, CT 06269
Tel. +01 860-486-5508
Fax +01 860-486-6364
My research is focused on the systematics, morphology, behavior, and natural history
of Microlepidoptera. More specifically, I work on metalmark moths (Lepidoptera:
to see a photo gallery showing major genera in the family.
Phylogenetics: I am using molecular characters from mitochondrial and
nuclear genes to resolve subfamilial and generic relationships.
Morphology: I am especially interested in the morphology of the immature stages.
to see some of my SEMs.
Behavior: I work on the behavior of both larvae and adults in the genus
Natural History: Most choreutid larvae skeletonize leaves and leave
a typical trail after feeding. Many choreutids pupate in spindle-shaped cocoons.
to see some images.
Rota, J. & D. L. Wagner 2006.
Predator Mimicry: Metalmark Moths Mimic Their Jumping Spider Predators.
PLoS ONE 1(1): e45. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000045
Wagner, D. L. & J. Rota 2006.
Evasive prey mimicry in a tropical tortricid?
News of the LepidopteristsŐ Society 48 (4): 115.
Rota, J. 2005.
Larval and pupal descriptions of the Neotropical choreutid
genera Rhobonda Walker and Zodia Heppner (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae).
Annals of the Entomological Society of America 98:37-47.
EEB 286 General Entomology Fall 2006
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