Photographing a Skipper Butterfly in Israel’s Northermost Golan

Skipper Butterfly photographed by Jeffrey Zablow in Northern Golan, Israel

This photograph was taken quite close to the borders of Lebanon and Syria. This trail rewarded us again and again with many beautiful butterflies and March’s horn of plenty of protected wildflowers in bloom. But, this Israeli Skipper butterfly?

Our library of butterflies in Israel does not enable us to satisfactorily identify this one. It flew down from the higher elevation to our right, and stopped here at trail’s edge. To rest, we imagine.

As with many of our posts of the butterflies of Israel, we knew that we had better use our Canon macro- lens (100mm) first at a distance of about 3.5 feet. Thousands have fled over the years, without a single exposure captured.

This individual remained in place, and I shot 4 exposures. There was no measured, calculated approach. Whisst! It was gone. So this one remains a tantalizer?

Would those of you able to suggest the identification and provide us with an ID?

Spices enhance food. Challenging identifications enhance our work.


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