The Logic of Extinction: The Story of the Dutch Alcon Blue Butterfly, by Rosanne van der Voet

The Logic of Extinction: The Story of the Dutch Alcon Blue Butterfly, by Rosanne van der Voet

Meijendel, summer of 1942.[1] A faint golden sun is shining through dark grey clouds, yellowing the green and white landscape of sand, bush and trees. Standing out within the mass of rose- and orange-dotted green, the cross gentians bloom. Brightly dancing in the wind, the deep blue flowers break the silence. Their display attracts innocent visitors, bringing out lepidopterists like Barend Jan Lempke. He watches the butterflies return to their host plant, sucking out nectar from the flowers. The grey-blue wings look pale next to the bright flowers, their black spots darting as…continue reading →