As people grow older, they tend to lose the sense of wonder about nature and wildlife. This talk is a reminder of the fascinating beauty and complexity of life, as rendered through stories of butterflies. It will especially highlight the role that colours play in the life of a butterfly, from regulating body temperature to warning predators, and mimicry. It will show how the exceptional diversity of species and the wonderful shapes, colours and patterns seen in butterflies has come about and is shaped by natural and sexual selection, and by genetical and developmental mechanisms.
About the speaker: Krushnamegh Kunte studies the evolution and genetics of butterfly wing colour patterns, among other aspects of the biology of butterflies. He has published three popular books and over 40 research articles on butterflies and other biodiversity. He is a faculty member and a Ramanujan Fellow at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru.