Butterflies of the Amazon - The authors

Dr. Rosamary Vieira
Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Karlsruhe - Visiting Scientist

Since January 2013, Dr. Vieira works as a visiting scientist at the museum.

Rosamary Vieira graduated at the São Paulo State University (UNESP) in Brazil with a major in ecology. She defended her Master's thesis in 1995 in life sciences (with emphasis on entomology) at the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) in Manaus, Brazil, supervised by Dr. Hubert Höfer. Her topic was “Foraging effect of swarm-raiding army ants on arthropods, especially on spiders, in a Central Amazonian forest".

She received her doctor’s degree in 2004 in Ecology and Natural Resources at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), São Paulo, Brazil, supervised by Dr. Manoel M. Dias Filho. The topic of her PhD research project was: “Effects of the forest fragmentation on butterflies associated with army ants (Eciton burchelli)”.

Scientific Interest

  • Diversity and natural history of Amazonian butterflies
  • Ecology of arthropods (ants, spiders) in tropical forests
  • Management of entomological collections
  • Scientific communication and public work

Dr. Hubert Höfer

Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Karlsruhe - Head of the department Biosciences and Curator of Invertebrata/Arachnida



  • Diploma in biology and Ph.D. from the University of Ulm
  • Doctoral thesis on the ecology of spiders in an Amazonian inundation forest
  • 25 years of research experience in Brazil (Amazonia, Mata Atlântica): diversity of spider assemblages, taxonomy and ecology of wandering spiders, soil biology, applied soil ecology
  • foundation member of InBioVeritas

Special interest

Arachnology: spider assemblages, coexistence of wandering spiders, Biodiversity, Soil fauna and decomposition, Applied ecology, Collection management and biodiversity informatics