This week we’re joined by Dr. Nate Morehouse, an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh who studies colour and how its used among insects and spiders. Nate explained some of his lab’s work trying to understand how butterflies tell who are potential mates and who are wasted effort, as well as how jumping spiders taste the rainbow.

If you enjoyed this episode, Nate and his lab could use your help with their crowd-funding campaign to finance an expedition to the southwestern US in search of colourful jumping spiders. Learn more and donate at their page on

Show Notes:

Colour polymorphisms in butterflies and reproductive interference

Colour vision in jumping spiders and how they use it to preferentially select prey

Condition Dependent Ornaments and Life History in animals

Nate’s YouTube Channel with videos of spiders and field work

Nate’s Postdoc, Dr. Daniel Zurek’s YouTube Channel with more spider videos

How Animals Hacked the Rainbow and Got Stumped on Blue

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Morehouse Lab Blog (watch for it to go live soon) –

Morehouse Lab on Twitter – @MorehouseLab –

Nate Morehouse on Twitter – @zapkapow –


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