Just to show you the beauty of this beetle! A larger version is available from here.
Our paper describing the tissues transforming into wings in the Hox mutants of Tribolium is now published in Arthropod Structure & Development!
We found that ectopic wing tissues are sometimes formed even inside of the beetle body, and was also able to show that two distinct tissues (of tergal and pleural nature) can independently transform into wings. This work was only possible because of hours and hours of dedicated works by Maddy and Courtney!
Also, check out the entire issue, which is the insect wing special issue: “Wings and Powered Flight: Core Novelties in Insect Evolution“. A lot of cool insect wing papers!!
Congratulations are in order for Courtney’s successful PhD defense!! It has been so much fun working with you :-) Courtney will be joining the Bob Goldstein lab at the University of North Carolina. Best of luck with your future research, Dr. C!!