IGN 17-10
Was Icarus a rare butterfly?

Friday, August 14, 2015
345, Baltimore Convention Center
Nick Haddad, Department of Applied Ecology, North Carolina State University
The rarest butterflies in the world live where their populations will perish. Drawing a line to Icarus would be easier if my subject where moths, flying to the light. Yet, like Icarus, the rarest butterflies fly to places where the sun touches them, ephemeral open habitats created by fires, hurricanes, and other disturbances. Conservation practices call us to create more of these temporary sink habitats so that we may ultimately resurrect the sources where the rarest butterflies can fly.