Michiyo KINOSHITA Associate Professor

ResearchMap: http://researchmap.jp/m_kinoshita/

Behavioral neuroscience (Neuroethology)

How do swallowtail butterflies see the world when foraging among colorful flowers in the field? I have been studying visual abilities of butterflies such as color, brightness and polarization vision, by indoor behavioral experiments. The perceptional world is represented in small brains. To reveal neuronal mechanism underlying the behavior and perceptional world, we use various techniques of neuroscience. I recently get interested in studies about co-evolution between pollinators and traits of flowers with viewpoints of neuroethology and behavioral ecology.


Papers and publications

  1. Yoshida M, Ito Y, Ômura H, Arikawa K, Kinoshita M*. (2015) Plant scent modify innate colour preference in foraging swallowtail butterflies. Biology Letters. 11(7). pii: 20150390.
  2. Stewart FJ*, Kinoshita M, Arikawa K. (2015) The roles of visual parallax and edge attraction in the foraging behaviour of the butterfly Papilio xuthus. Journal of Experimental Biology. 218:1725-32.
  3. Schmeling F, Tegtmeier J, Kinoshita M, Homberg U* (2015) Photoreceptor projections and receptive field in the dorsal rim area and main retina of the locust eye. Journal of Comparative Physiology A. 201(5):427-40.
  4. Futahashi R*, Kawahara-Miki R, Kinoshita M, Yoshitaka K, Yajima S, Arikawa K, Fukatsu T. (2015) Extraordinary diversity of visual opsin genes in dragonflies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. 112: E127-56
  5. Kinoshita M*, Shimohigasi M, Tominaga Y, Arikawa K, Homberg U (2015) Topographically distinct visual and olfactory inputs to the mushroom body in the swallowtail butterfly, Papilio xuthus. Journal of Comparative Neurology. 523:162-82.
  6. Kinoshita M*, Arikawa K (2014) Color and polarization vision in foraging Papilio. Journal of Comparative Physiology A. 200: 513-26.