520th MONTHLY MEETING
May 15th, 2015
All monthly meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in insects, please join us!
Members may bring exhibits for show-and-tell. If you have photos, video, or other media to share, please email the society.
This is our annual banquet meeting! Please bring a dish to share, along with your friends and family. Let’s celebrate the upcoming field season, and usher in the next year’s officers.
Title: How Butterflies Work – and How They Survive
Abstract: The durability of butterflies over tens of millions of years poses a challenge to those who believe that “survival of the fittest” is a matter of tooth and claw – two biological features conspicuously absent in butterflies. Our cultural impressions of butterflies are poorly aligned with the biological reality of this unique group of organisms. Yet some features of butterfly existence, in particular those that have long excited human imagination—such as their “merry winged” flight and bright decorative patterns—offer subtle clues as to the foundations of their evolutionary persistence. Join butterfly author and photographer Rick Cech to explore some of the dimensions of this riddle.
- 6:00pm Potluck style dinner – please bring a dish to share!
An active field naturalist, author and photographer, Rick Cech is an affiliate curator at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in Entomology. He is the principal author and photographer of Butterflies of the East Coast: An Observer’s Guide (Princeton, 2005), and wrote “A Distributional Checklist of the Butterflies and Skippers of the New York City Area.” Rick co-authored the National Audubon Society Regional Guide to Florida. His recent works include editing and photography for the iApp “Audubon Butterflies – A Field Guide to North American Butterflies,” and development of the FoldingGuides regional butterfly series.
A life-long field observer, Rick brings innovative perspectives to the study and appreciation of natural history. He played a formative role in originating the Sibley Guide series, as well as the National Audubon Society Interactive CD-ROM Guide to North American Birds. Rick’s photography is widely published, in articles and books (including more than 950 in both Butterflies of the East Coast and Audubon Butterflies) as well as in photo exhibits and displays. He has led nature trips since the early 1980s, and makes regular presentations to natural history and botanical organizations across the country.