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A Peoples Guide to Icelandic Butterflies

  • Deadline:
    Oct. 24, 2009, midnight
  • Location:

We are seeking submissions of drawn butterflies in conjunction with the International Day of Climate Action (October 24th).

All drawings (simple or elaborate, realistic or fantastic, amateur or professional) must be accompanied by a name (scientific or common, actual or imagined) and a brief description and sent as .jpg's to icelandicbutterflies@gmail.com. Each entry will be compiled into a digital archive/interactive online gallery. The goal is to have 350 samples of soon-to-be-Icelandic butterflies by October 24th, 2009! So spread the word!! and THANK YOU.

(This would be a GREAT CLASSROOM EXERCISE. We would love to incorporate as many children's voices/visions as possible)

Full information at http://www.350.org/icelandicbutterflies


Pall Thayer Oct. 12 2009 07:38Reply

Sorry to burst your bubble but butterflies have been seen regularly and even in some abundance here in Iceland for the past ten years or so. In Icelandic there is no distinction made in the common term between moths and butterflies. The term is "fiðrildi". However, if you ask someone who knows something about it, these can be separated into "dagfiðrildi" (butterflies) and "náttfiðrildi" (moths). We have lots of moths but it is true that butterflies don't thrive in Iceland but they do appear regularly, having been carried here be prevailing winds from North America. So this statement, from the website, "with the exception of one or two undocumented sightings, butterflies have been virtually absent from this part of the world for centuries" is just not true.

Pardon my pedantry but misconceptions about Iceland are so common that it gets on one's nerves every now and then.