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Publications

Theses

Doctor of Philosophy (Evolutionary Biology)

Weir, J. C. (2023). Buffering and Trophic Mismatch in Spring-feeding Forest Caterpillars. University of Edinburgh. 

 

Bachelor of Science with Honours (Evolutionary Biology)
Weir, J. C. (2017). The Evolution and Maintenance of Colour Polymorphism in British Winter-active Lepidoptera. University of Edinburgh.

Papers

Weir, J. C. and Di Pirro, D. (2023). Potential startling ('deimatic') function of the wing colouration of the red admiral butterfly Vanessa atalanta (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). British Journal of Entomology and Natural History 36:51-57. [PDF]

Weir, J. C. (2021). Search image-driven apostatic selection and the evolution of phenotypic polymorphism. eLS 2:1–10.
DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0028749. [PDF]

Weir, J. C. (2018). The evolution of polymorphism in British winter-active Lepidoptera in response to search image use by avian predators. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 31:1109-1126. [PDF]


Weir, J. C. (2016). Rudimentary temperature experiments conducted on the pupae of Argynnis aglaja (L.) (Lep.: Nymphalidae). ​Entomologist’s Record and Journal of Variation 128:230-237. [PDF]


Weir, J. C. (2016). Intraspecific taxonomy in the Lepidoptera. British Journal of Entomology and Natural History 29:144-155. [PDF]

Notes, observations and short communications

Weir, J. C. (2023). Climbing ability of Platynus assimilis (Coleoptera: Carabidae). British Journal of Entomology and Natural History 35:135-136. [PDF]

Weir, J. C. (2022). The intrinsic benefits of polymorphism. Antenna 46:174-175. [PDF]

 

Weir, J. C. (2021). A compact and economical method for eclosing large numbers of moths individually in captivity. Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation 133:238-239.

Weir, J. C. (2018). Sub-species in the Cypraeidae: witness for the defence. American Conchologist 46:25-26. [PDF]                     


Weir, J. C. (2018). Two records of Danaus chrysippus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Lep.: Danaidae) from Mallorca, Balearic Islands. Entomologist's Gazette 69:83-84.​ [PDF]


Weir, J. C. (2018). Sub-species in the Cypraeidae: witness for the defence. The Linnean 34:7-8. [PDF]


Weir, J. C. (2017). Pieris napi (L.) (Lep.: Pieridae) mud-puddling in West Perthshire (VC87). Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation 129:231-232. [PDF]


Weir, J. C. (2016). Survival of female Colias croceus (Geoffroy, 1785) (Lep.: Pieridae) after exposure to freezing temperatures. The Bulletin of the Amateur Entomologists' Society 75:184-185.


Weir, J. C. (2016). Observations on the behaviour of Hipparchia fidia (L.) (Lep.: Satyridae) from Majorca, Balearic Islands. Entomologist’s Record and Journal of Variation 128:263-264. [PDF]


Weir, J. C. (2016). Possible cryptic resemblance of male Hepialus humuli (L.) to grass inflorescences. Entomologist’s Record and Journal of Variation 128:226-227. [PDF]


Weir, J. C. (2015). A response to some criticisms of the “selection theory” of industrial melanism. Entomologist’s Record and Journal of Variation 127:206-211. [PDF]


Weir, J. C. (2015). Letter—Protecting entomological collections in the absence of p-DCB. The Bulletin of the Amateur Entomologist’s Society 74:103-104.


Weir, J. C. (2015). Batesian mimicry in Anarta myrtilli (L.) (Lep.: Noctuidae)? Entomologist’s Record and Journal of Variation 127:135-136. [PDF]


Weir, J. C. (2015). Letter—Re: Paradichlorobenzene: Sad loss or overrated? The Bulletin of the Amateur Entomologist’s Society 74:40-41.


Weir, J. C. (2014). A method of rapid relaxation for specimens of Lepidoptera. The Bulletin of the Amateur Entomologist’s Society 73:128-129.


Weir, J. C. (2013). Darwin, Lepidoptera and James William Tutt. The Bulletin of the Amateur Entomologist’s Society 72:63-75.


Weir, J. C. (2012). An unusual note concerning Rhyssa persuasoria (Hym.: Ichneumonidae). The Bulletin of the Amateur Entomologist’s Society 71:165-166.


Weir, J. C. (2011). On the apparent attraction of two members of the genus Hepialus (Lep.: Hepialidae) to tomato plants. The Bulletin of the Amateur Entomologist’s Society 70:141-145. 


Weir, J. C. (2010). The attraction of male Pieris brassicae Linn. (Lep.:Pieridae) to decoy of female. The Bulletin of the Amateur Entomologist’s Society 69:181-182. 


Weir, J. C. (2010). Notes and observations on Rhagium mordax (Col.: Cerambycidae).  The Bulletin of the Amateur Entomologist’s Society 69:72-73.

Collaborations

Weir, J. C., and Boyes, D. (2023). Darwin Tree of Life Barcoding collective et al. (2023). The genome sequence of the Vapourer moth, Orgyia antiqua (Linnaeus, 1758). Wellcome Open Research 8:314. [PDF]

Luke, S. H., Roy, H. E., Thomas, C. D., Tilley, L. A. N., Ward, S., Watt, A., Carnaghi, M., Jaworski, C. C., Tercel, M. P. T. G., Woodrow, C., Aown, S., Banfield-Zanin, J. A., Barnsley, S. L., Berger, I., Brown, M. J. F., Bull, J. C., Campbell, H., Carter, R. A. B., Charalambous, M., Cole, L. J., Ebejer, M. J., Farrow, R. A., Fartyal, R. S., Grace, M., Highet, F., Hill, J. K., Hood, A. S. C., Kent, E. S., Krell, F. T., Leather, S. R., Leybourne, D. J., Littlewood, N. A., Lyons, A., Matthews, G., McNamara, L., Menéndez, R., Merrett, P., Mohammed, S., Murchie, A. K., Noble, M., Paiva, M. R., Pannell, M. J., Phon, C. K., Port, G., Powell, C., Rosell, S., Sconce, F., Shortall, C. R., Slade, E. M., Sutherland, J. P., Weir, J. C., Williams, C. D., Zielonka, N. B., Dicks, L. V. (2023). Grand challenges in entomology: priorities for action in the coming decades. Insect Conservation and Diversity 16:173–189. [PDF]

Lohse, K., and Weir, J. C., Darwin Tree of Life Barcoding collective et al. (2021). The genome sequence of the meadow brown, Maniola jurtina (Linnaeus, 1758). Wellcome Open Research 6:296. [ONLINE]

 

Samplonius, J. M., Atkinson, A., Hassall, C., Keogan, K., Thackeray, S. J., Assmann, J. J., Burgess, M. D., Johansson, J., Macphie, K. H., Pearce-Higgins, J. W., Simmonds, E. G., Varpe, Ø, Weir, J. C., Childs, D. Z., Cole, E. F., Daunt, F., Hart, T., Lewis, O. T., Pettorelli, N., Sheldon, B. C., and Phillimore, A. B. (2021).  Strengthening the evidence base for temperature-mediated phenological asynchrony and its impacts. Nature Ecology & Evolution 5:155–164. [PDF]

Project Reports

Blaxter, M. and Weir, J. C. (2018). The British Lepidoptera Collection: The Natural History Collections of the University of Edinburgh. Report on the Re-cataloguing Lepidoptera Project. Autumn 2017 - Spring 2018. [PDF]


Weir, J. C. and Weir, J. H. (2018). A pitfall trapping survey of the autumnal ground beetle (Col.: Carabidae) fauna of Glen Finglas, West Perthshire (VC87). Report presented to the Woodland Trust. [PDF]

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