Sören Nylin

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Sören Nylin


Evolution of insect life cycles and life histories


Zoologiska institutionen: Ekologi
+46 8 16 40 33
Personal web site:
+46 8 15 95 22
Visiting address:
Svante Arrheniusväg 18 B
D 519
Postal address:
Stockholm University
Zoologiska institutionen: Ekologi
106 91 Stockholm

Research interests

In my personal current project I study insect-plant relationships in a subproject of my broader series of projects on insect phenotypic plasticity. In my research as a whole I strive for a synthesis between the host plant work and the other subprojects, which deal with areas such as effects of temperature and photoperiod on insect life histories and life cycles, and the effects of phenotypic plasticity on speciation and extinction processes. Phylogenetic analysis is an important tool for such questions, and for this reason I am also very interested in butterfly systematics.



Sören Nylin, Salvatore Agosta, Staffan Bensch, Walter A. Boeger, Mariana P. Braga, Daniel R. Brooks, Matthew L. Forister, Peter A. Hambäck, Eric P. Hoberg, Tommi Nyman, Alexander Schäpers, Alycia L. Stigall, Christopher W. Wheat, Martin Österling, Niklas Janz. 2018. Embracing Colonizations - A New Paradigm for Species Association Dynamics. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 33: 4-14.

Philipp Lehmann, Peter Pruisscher, Vladimir Kostal, Martin Moos, Petr Simek, Sören Nylin, Rasmus Agren, Leif Varemo, Christer Wiklund, Christopher W. Wheat, Karl Gotthard. 2018. Metabolome dynamics of diapause in the butterfly Pieris napi - distinguishing maintenance, termination and post-diapause phases. Journal of Experimental Biology 221.

Philipp Lehmann, Sören Nylin, Karl Gotthard, Mikael A. Carlsson. 2017. Idiosyncratic development of sensory structures in brains of diapausing butterfly pupae - implications for information processing. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, Biological Sciences 284.

Peter Pruisscher, Helena Larsdotter-Mellström, Constantí Stefanescu, Sören Nylin, Christopher W. Wheat, Karl Gotthard. 2017. Sex-linked inheritance of diapause induction in the butterfly Pieris napi. Physiological entomology (Print) 42: 257-265.

Hélène Audusseau, Maryline Le Vaillant, Niklas Janz, Sören Nylin, Bengt Karlsson, Reto Schmucki. 2017. Species range expansion constrains the ecological niches of resident butterflies. Journal of Biogeography 44: 28-38.

Olga I. Kubrak, Sören Nylin, Thomas Flatt, Dick R. Nässel, Olof Leimar. 2017. Adaptation to fluctuating environments in a selection experiment with Drosophila melanogaster. Ecology and Evolution 7: 3796-3807.

Houshuai Wang, Jeremy D. Holloway, Niklas Janz, Mariana P. Braga, Niklas Wahlberg, Min Wang, Sören Nylin. 2017. Polyphagy and diversification in tussock moths - Support for the oscillation hypothesis from extreme generalists. Ecology and Evolution 7: 7975-7986.

Philipp Lehmann, Wouter Van der Bijl, Sören Nylin, Christopher W. Wheat, Karl Gotthard. 2017. Timing of diapause termination in relation to variation in winter climate. Physiological entomology (Print) 42: 232-238.

Xinqiang Xi, Yangheshan Yang, Xiaocheng Yang, Soren Nylin, Nico Eisenhauer, Shucun Sun. 2017. Differential responses of body growth to artificial warming between parasitoids and hosts and the consequences for plant seed damage. Scientific Reports 7.

Raimondas Mozuraitis, Sandra Radziute, Violeta Apsegaite, Alexei Cravcenco, Vincas Buda, Sören Nylin. 2016. Volatiles released from foliar extract of host plant enhance landing rates of gravid Polygonia c-album females, but do not stimulate oviposition. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 158: 275-283.

Philipp Lehmann, Peter Pruisscher, Diana Posledovich, Mikael Carlsson, Reijo Käkelä, Patrik Tang, Sören Nylin, Christopher W. Wheat, Christer Wiklund, Karl Gotthard. 2016. Energy and lipid metabolism during direct and diapause development in a pierid butterfly. Journal of Experimental Biology 219: 3049-3060.

Hélène Audusseau, Maria de la Paz Celorio-Mancera, Niklas Janz, Sören Nylin. 2016. Why stay in a bad relationship? The effect of local host phenology on a generalist butterfly feeding on a low-ranked host. BMC Evolutionary Biology 16.

Olga I. Kubrak, Lucie Kucerova, Ulrich Theopold, Sören Nylin, Dick R. Nässel. 2016. Characterization of Reproductive Dormancy in Male Drosophila melanogaster. Frontiers in Physiology 7.

Niklas Janz, Mariana P Braga, Niklas Wahlberg, Sören Nylin. 2016. On oscillations and flutterings - A reply to Hamm and Fordyce. Evolution 70: 1150-1155.

Helena Larsdotter-Mellström, Kerstin Eriksson, Ilme Liblikas, Christer Wiklund, Anna K. Borg-Karlsson, Sören Nylin, Niklas Janz, Mikael A. Carlsson. 2016. It's All in the Mix - Blend-Specific Behavioral Response to a Sexual Pheromone in a Butterfly. Frontiers in Physiology 7.

Lucie Kucerova, Olga I. Kubrak, Jonas M. Bengtsson, Hynek Strnad, Sören Nylin, Ulrich Theopold, Dick R. Nässel. 2016. Slowed aging during reproductive dormancy is reflected in genome-wide transcriptome changes in Drosophila melanogaster. BMC Genomics 17.

Xinqiang Xi, Xinwei Wu, Sören Nylin, Shucun Sun. 2016. Body size response to warming - time of the season matters in a tephritid fly. Oikos 125: 386-394.

Maria de la Paz Celorio-Mancera, Christopher W. Wheat, Mikael Huss, Francesco Vezzi, Ramprasad Neethiraj, Johan Reimegård, Sören Nylin, Niklas Janz. 2016. Evolutionary history of host use, rather than plant phylogeny, determines gene expression in a generalist butterfly. BMC Evolutionary Biology 16.

Helena Larsdotter-Mellström, Kerstin Eriksson, Niklas Janz, Sören Nylin, Mikael A. Carlsson. 2016. Male butterflies use an anti-aphrodisiac pheromone to tailor ejaculates. Functional Ecology 30: 255-261.

Alexander Schäpers, Sören Nylin, Mikael A. Carlsson, Niklas Janz. 2016. Specialist and generalist oviposition strategies in butterflies - maternal care or precocious young? Oecologia 180: 335-343.

Houshuai Wang, Niklas Wahlberg, Jeremy D. Holloway, Johannes Bergsten, Xiaoling Fan, Daniel H. Janzen, Winnie Hallwachs, Lijun Wen, Min Wang, Sören Nylin. 2015. Molecular phylogeny of Lymantriinae (Lepidoptera, Noctuoidea, Erebidae) inferred from eight gene regions. Cladistics 31: 579-592.

Sören Nylin, Lina Söderlind, Gabriella Gamberale-Stille, Hélène Audusseau, Maria de la Paz Celorio-Mancera, Niklas Janz, Felix A. H. Sperling. 2015. Vestiges of an ancestral host plant: preference and performance in the butterfly Polygonia faunus and its sister species P. c-album. Ecological Entomology 40: 307-315.

Gabriella Gamberale-Stille, Lina Söderlind, Niklas Janz, Sören Nylin. 2014. Host plant choice in the comma butterfly-larval choosiness may ameliorate effects of indiscriminate oviposition. Insect Science 21: 499-506.

Houshuai Wang, Xiaoling Fan, Mamoru Owada, Min Wang, Sören Nylin. 2014. Phylogeny, Systematics and Biogeography of the Genus Panolis (Lepidoptera - Noctuidae) Based on Morphological and Molecular Evidence. PLoS ONE 9: e90598.


Helene Audusseau, Sören Nylin, Niklas Janz. 2013. Implications of a temperature increase for host plant range - predictions for a butterfly. Ecology and Evolution 3: 3021-3029.

Maria de la Paz Celorio-Mancera, Christopher W. Wheat, Heiko Vogel, Lina Söderlind, Niklas Janz, Sören Nylin. 2013. Mechanisms of macroevolution - polyphagous plasticity in butterfly larvae revealed by RNA-Seq. Molecular Ecology 22: 4884-4895.

Sören Nylin. 2013. Induction of diapause and seasonal morphs in butterflies and other insects - knowns, unknowns and the challenge of integration. Physiological entomology (Print) 38: 96-104.

Peter Dalin, Sören Nylin. 2012. Host-plant quality adaptively affects the diapause threshold - evidence from leaf beetles in willow plantations. Ecological Entomology 37: 490-499.

Ullasa Kodandaramaiah, Elisabet Weingartner, Niklas Janz, Michael Leski, Jessica Slove, Andrew Warren, Sören Nylin. 2012. Investigating concordance among genetic data, subspecies circumscriptions and hostplant use in the nymphalid butterfly polygonia faunus. PLoS ONE 7: e41058.

Lina Söderlind, Sören Nylin. 2011. Genetics of diapause in the comma butterfly Polygonia c-album. Physiological entomology (Print) 36: 8-13.

Charles A. O. Midega, Zeyaur R. Khan, John A. Pickett, Sören Nylin. 2011. Host plant selection behaviour of Chilo partellus and its implication for effectiveness of a trap crop. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 138: 40-47.

Ullasa Kodandaramaiah, Elisabet Weingartner, Niklas Janz, L. Dalén, Sören Nylin. 2011. Population structure in relation to host-plant ecology and Wolbachia infestation in the comma butterfly. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 2173-2185.

Carlos Peña, Sören Nylin, Niklas Wahlberg. 2011. The radiation of Satyrini butterflies (Nymphalidae: Satyrinae) - a challenge for phylogenetic methods. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 161: 64-87.

Carlos Peña, Sören Nylin, A.V.L. Freitas, Niklas Wahlberg. 2010. Biogeographic history of the subtribe Euptychiina (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae, Satyrinae). Zoologica Scripta 39: 243-258.

Malin Ah-King, Sören Nylin. 2010. Sex in an Evolutionary Perspective - Just Another Reaction Norm. Evolutionary biology 37: 234-246.

Ullasa Kodandaramaiah, Carlos Peña, Michael F. Braby, Roger Grund, Chris J. Müller, Sören Nylin, Niklas Wahlberg. 2010. Phylogenetics of Coenonymphina (Nymphalidae Satyrinae) and the problem of rooting rapid radiations. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 54: 386-394.

Sören Nylin. 2009. Gradients in butterfly biology. In Ecology of butterflies in Europe, pp. 198-216. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Sören Nylin. 2009. Mad, bad scientists and cute, curious magicians: the quest for knowledge in Buffy and the Whedonverse. Slayage: The online international journal of Buffy studies 28.

Niklas Wahlberg, Julien Leneveu, Ullasa Kodandaramaiah, Carlos Peña, Sören Nylin, André V L Freitas, Andrew V Z Brower. 2009. Nymphalid butterflies diversify following near demise at the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, Biological Sciences 276: 4295-4302.

Hanna Heidel-Fischer, Dalial Freitak, Niklas Janz, Lina Soderlind, Heiko Vogel, Soren Nylin. 2009. Phylogenetic relatedness and host plant growth form influence gene expression of the polyphagous comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album). BMC Genomics 10: 506.

Sören Nylin, Anders Bergström. 2009. Threat status in butterflies and its ecological correlates: how far can we generalize? Biodiversity and Conservation 18: 3243-3267.

Anna Cassel-Lundhagen, Toomas Tammaru, Jack J Windig, Nils Ryrholm, Sören Nylin. 2009. Are peripheral populations special? Congruent patterns in two butterfly species. Ecography 32: 591-600.

Sören Nylin, Georg H. Nygren, Lina Söderlind, Constanti Stefanescu. 2009. Geographical variation in host plant utilization in the comma butterfly: the roles of time constraints and plant phenology. Evolutionary Ecology 23: 807-825.

Niklas Janz, Lina Söderlind, Sören Nylin. 2009. No effect of larval experience on adult host preferences in Polygonia c-album (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae): on the persistence of Hopkins' host selection principle. Ecological Entomology 34: 50-57.

Sören Nylin, Niklas Janz. 2009. Butterfly host plant range: an example of plasticity as a promoter of speciation? Evolutionary Ecology 23: 137-146.

Niklas Wahlberg, Elisabet Weingartner, Andrew D. Warren, Sören Nylin. 2009. Timing major conflict between mitochondrial and nuclear genes in species relationships of Polygonia butterflies (Nymphalidae: Nymphalini). BMC Evolutionary Biology 92.

Niklas Janz, Sören Nylin. 2008. The oscillation hypothesis of host-plant range and speciation. In Specialization, speciation and radiation, pp. 203-215. University of California Press, Berkeley.

Georg H. Nygren, Anders Bergström, Sören Nylin. 2008. Latitudinal body size clines in the butterfly Polyommatus icarus are shaped by gene-environment interactions. Journal of Insect Science 8: 47.

Sören Nylin, Niklas Wahlberg. 2008. Does plasticity drive speciation? - Host-plant shifts and diversification in nymphaline butterflies (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) during the tertiary. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 94: 115-130.

Toomas Esperk, Toomas Tammaru, Sören Nylin. 2007. Intraspecific variability in the number of larval instars in insects. J. Economic Entomology 100: 627-646.

Toomas Esperk, Toomas Tammaru, Sören Nylin, Tiit Teder. 2007. Achieving high sexual dimorphism - insects add instars. Ecological Entomology 32: 243-256.

Wolf U Blanckenhorn, Anthony FG Dixon, Daphne J Fairbairn, Matthias W Foellmer, Patricia Gibert, Kim van der Linde, Rudolf Meier, Sören Nylin, Scott Pitnick, Christopher Schoff, Martino Signorelli, Tiit Teder, Christer Wiklund. 2007. Proximate causes of Rensch's rule - Does sexual size dimorphism in arthropods result from sex differences in development time? American Naturalist 169: 245-257.

Niklas Janz, Sören Nylin, Niklas Wahlberg. 2006. Diversity begets diversity - host expansions and the diversification of plant-feeding insects. BMC Evolutionary Biology 6: 4.

Elisabet Weingartner, Niklas Wahlberg, Sören Nylin. 2006. Dynamics of host plant use and species diversity in Polygonia butterflies (Nymphalidae). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 19: 483-91.

Anders Bergström, Niklas Janz, Sören Nylin. 2006. Putting more eggs in the best basket - clutch size regulation in the comma butterfly. Ecological Entomology 31: 255-260.

Carlos Peña, Niklas Wahlberg, Elisabet Weingartner, Ullasa Kodandaramaiah, Sören Nylin. 2006. Higher level phylogeny of Satyrinae butterflies (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) based on DNA sequence data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 40: 29-49.

Karl Gotthard, Sören Nylin, Christer Wiklund. 2000. Individual state controls temperature dependence in a butterfly (Lasiommata maera). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, Biological Sciences 267: 589-93.

Other academic

Lina Söderlind, Niklas Janz, Sören Nylin. Effects of sequential diets in the comma butterfly, Polygonia c-album: testing predictions from gene expression.

Lina Söderlind, Niklas Janz, Gabriella Gamberale-Stille, Sören Nylin. When mother does not know best - Contrasting host plant choice across life stages in individuals of the comma butterfly.

Alexander Schäpers, Sören Nylin, Alejandro Gonzalez-Voyer, Houshuai Wang, Niklas Wahlberg, Niklas Janz. Clutch size and host use in butterflies - and how to measure diet breadth.

Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)

Roland Anrup, Victoria Fareld, Johan Fornäs, Syliva Frisk, Gunlög Fur, Hillevi Ganetz, Mattias Gardell, Maria Hedman Hvitfeldt, Erika Höghede, Dimitrios Iordanoglou, Lars Jalmert, Maria Johansen, Stefan Jonsson, Peter Josephson, Thomas Karlsohn, Linda Laikre, Åsa Bharathi Larsson, Patricia Lorenzoni, Sven-Eric Liedman, Guy Madison, Edda Manga, Christian Munthe, Ulrika Nilsson, Sören Nylin, Erik J. Olsson, Julia Peralta, Mats Persson, Gunilla Priebe, Sharon Rider, Tetz Rooke, Niklas Rådström, Staffan Söderblom, Jens Sörensen, Mattias Tydén, Magnus Zetterholm, Johan Öberg. 2013. Centrala universitetsvärden hotas av bolagiseringsidén. Dagens nyheter .