Our lab is located in a town right next to the Panama Canal called Gamboa, located about 30 km from Panama City. We have the Panama Canal on one side, the Chagres River on another, and the rest is tropical rainforest of the Soberania National Park.

Our lab facilities include our indoor lab space, which houses the necessary equipment to run genetic and molecular experiments. Our outdoor facilities include the insectaries and plant houses where we rear and maintain our butterfly stocks and carry out behavioral experiments. We have around 200 tropical plants and house 50 Panamanian species of butterflies, including postman, flame and morpho butterflies.

You can learn more about the butterflies we rear and their respective host plants with this guide made by our research manager, RĂ©mi Mauxion.

If you are doing a research visit to our lab, or you rear butterflies, you might be interested in reading our guide on butterfly pathogens made by our research intern, Made Roger.