Dutch alcon blue: an odeOngoing research project in collaboration with Vlinderstichting and NaturalisWith the help of Fotodok Lighthouse team
The Dutch alcon blue is discovered by Barend Lempke in 1942, and described as ‘a unique subspecies of the Alcon Blue living only in Meijndel’, the dunes near Wassenaar. This butterfly has become a symbol of ‘interconnectedness’ with nature and can only exist due to its relation with the plant Cross-leaved Gentian or the Bell Gentian, and can only fully grow in ant nests. This assumed subspecies has gone extinct in 1979. Ever since then, the whole species is disappearing from the Netherlands. In this research-based project I am investigating their habitats and try to recreate the image of this magical butterfly into our collective memory.