PEER REVIEWED SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES (if unavailable, please email magne.friberg(a) for reprints).

In press/accepted manuscripts

36. Talla V, Suh A, Kalsoom F,  Dincă V, Vila R, Friberg M, Wiklund C, Backström N. In Press. Rapid increase in genome size as a consequence of transposable element hyperactivity in wood-white (Leptidea) butterflies. Genome Biology and Evolution, accepted manuscript. 

35. Friberg M, Waters MT, Thompson JN. In Press. Nutrient availability affects floral scent much less than other floral and vegetative traits in Lithophragma bolanderi. Annals of Botany, accepted manuscript.

34. Thompson JN, Schwind C, Friberg M. In Press. Diversification of trait combinations in coevolving plants and insect lineages. American Naturalist, 190: 171-184.

33. Kivelä SM, Friberg M, Wiklund C, Gotthard K. In Press. Adaptive developmental plasticity in a butterfly: mechanisms for size and time at pupation differ between diapause and direct development. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 122: 46-57.

32. Wiklund C, Stefanescu C, Friberg M. In Press. Host plant exodus and larval wandering behaviour in a butterfly: diapause generation larvae wander for longer than non-diapause generation larvae. Ecological Entomology 42: 531–534.

31. Schäpers A, Petrén H, Wheat CW, Wiklund C, Friberg M. 2017. Female fecundity variation affects reproducibility of experiments on host plant preference and acceptance in a phytophagous insect. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, Biological Sciences 284:20162643.

30. Friberg
M, Wiklund C. 2016. Butterflies and plants: preference/performance studies in relation to plant size and the use of intact plants vs. cuttings. Entomologia Experimentalis et applicata 160: 201-208.

29. Friberg. M, Schwind C, Thompson JN. 2016. Divergence in selection of host species and plant parts among populations of a phytophagous insect. Evolutionary Ecology 30:723-737.

28. Kivelä SM, Friberg M, Wiklund C, Leimar O, Gotthard K. 2016. Towards a mechanistic understanding of insect life history evolution: oxygen-dependent induction of moulting explains moulting sizes. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 117: 586-600.

27. Friberg M, Posledovich D, Wiklund C. 2015. Decoupling of female preference and offspring performance in relative specialist and generalist butterflies. Oecologia, 178: 1181-1192.

26. Friberg M
, Schwind C, Roark LC, Raguso RA, Thompson JN. 2014. Floral scent contributes to interaction specificity in coevolving plants and their insect pollinators. Journal of Chemical Ecology 40:955-965.

25. Thompson JN, Schwind C, Guimarães Jr PR, Friberg M. 2013. Diversification through multi-trait evolution in a coevolving interaction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 110:11487-11492.

 24. Friberg M, Schwind C, Raguso RA, Thompson JN. 2013. Extreme divergence in floral scent among woodland star species (Lithophragma spp.) pollinated by floral parasites. Annals of Botany 111:539-550.

23. Friberg M, Leimar O, Wiklund C. 2013. Heterospecific courtship, minority effects and niche separation between cryptic butterfly species. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26:971-979.

22. Dincă V, Wiklund C, Lukhtanov VA, Kodandaramaiah U, Norén K, Dapporto L, Wahlberg N, Vila R, Friberg M. 2013. Reproductive isolation and patterns of genetic differentiation in a cryptic butterfly species complex. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26:2096-2105.


21. Friberg M, Dahlerus J, Wiklund C. 2012. Strategic larval decision-making in a bivoltine butterfly. Oecologia 169:623–635.

20. Berger D, Olofsson M, Gotthard K, Wiklund C, Friberg M. 2012. Ecological constraints on female fitness in a phytophagous insect. American Naturalist 180:464-480.

19. Berger D, Olofsson M, Friberg M, Karlsson B, Wiklund C, Gotthard K. 2012. Intraspecific variation in body size and the rate of reproduction in female insects – adaptive allometry or biophysical constraint? Journal of Animal Ecology 81:1244-1258.


18. Friberg M, Haugen-Aalberg IM, Dahlerus J, Gotthard K, Wiklund C. 2011. Asymmetric diapause decision-making in butterfly larvae. Oecologia 165:301–310.

17. Berger D, Friberg M, Gotthard K. 2011. Divergence and ontogenetic coupling of larval behaviour and thermal reaction norms in three closely related butterflies. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, Biological Sciences 278: 313-320.

 16. Wiklund C, Friberg M. 2011. Seasonal development and variation in abundance among four annual flights in a butterfly – a 20 year study of Pararge aegeria. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 102:635–649.


15. Friberg M, Wiklund C. 2010. Host plant induced larval decision-making in a habitat/host plant generalist butterfly. Ecology 91:15-21.

14. Friberg M, Karlsson B. 2010. Life history polyphenism in the map butterfly (Araschnia levana) – developmental constraints vs. season-specific adaptations. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 12: 603–615.

13. Larsdotter-Mellström H, Friberg M, Murtazina R, Palm M, Borg-Karlson A-K, Wiklund C. 2010. Seasonal polyphenism in life history traits: time costs associated with direct development in a butterfly. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 64:1377-1383.


12. Friberg M, Wiklund C. 2009. Host plant preference and performance of the sibling species of butterflies Leptidea sinapis and Leptidea reali: a test of the trade-off hypothesis for food specialisation. Oecologia 159:127–137.

11. Wiklund C, Friberg M. 2009. The evolutionary ecology of generalization – among-year variation in host plant use and offspring survival in the Orange Tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines). Ecology 90: 3406-3417.


10. Friberg M, Olofsson M, Berger D, Karlsson B, Wiklund C. 2008. Habitat choice precedes host plant choice – niche separation in a species pair of a generalist and a specialist butterfly. Oikos 117:1337-1344.

9. Friberg M, Bergman M, Kullberg J, Wahlberg N, Wiklund C. 2008. Niche separation in space and time between two sympatric sister species – a case of ecological pleiotropy. Evolutionary Ecology 22:1-18.

8. Friberg M, Vongvanich N, Borg-Karlson A-K, Kemp DJ, Merilaita S, Wiklund C. 2008. Female mate choice determines reproductive isolation between sympatric butterflies. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 62:873-886.

7. Wiklund C, Friberg M. 2008. Enemy free space and habitat-specific host specialization in a butterfly. Oecologia 157:287-294.

6. Wiklund C, Vallin A, Friberg M, Jakobsson S. 2008. Rodent predation on hibernating peacock and small tortoiseshell butterflies. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 62:379-389.


5. Friberg M. 2007. A difference in pupal morphology between the sibling species Leptidea sinapis and L. reali (Pieridae). Nota Lepidopterologica 30:61-64.

4. Friberg M, Wiklund C. 2007. Generation-dependent female choice: behavioral polyphenism in a bivoltine butterfly. Behavioral Ecology 18:758-763.

3. Svensson E, Friberg M. 2007. Selective predation on wing morphology in sympatric damselflies. American Naturalist 170:101-112.

2. Svensson E, Karlsson K, Friberg M, Eroukhmanoff F. 2007. Gender differences in species recognition and the evolution of asymmetric sexual isolation. Current Biology 17:1943-1947.


1. Svensson IE, Eroukhmanoff F, Friberg M. 2006. Effects of natural and sexual selection on adaptive population divergence and premating isolation in a damselfly. Evolution 60:1242-1253.


Friberg M. 2017. Dagfjärilarnas livspussel I – att hitta en partner. Yrfän, 2/2017

Friberg M. 2017. Dagfjärilarnas livspussel II – en bra start på livet. Yrfän, 3/2017

Friberg M, Wiklund C. 2009. Nya rön om skogs- och ängsvitvingar – vem är vem i fjärilsvärlden? Fauna och Flora 104:12–17.