Residing in Israel’s Wadi David at Ein Gedi, this is One Dedicated Butterfly

Blue-Spotted Arab Butterfly photographed by Jeffrey Zablow

This is our fourth post of Colotis Phisadia, otherwise known as a Blue-Spotted Arab Butterfly. Hours of travel and three mornings of dedicated pursuit yielded a good result. Residing in Wadi David at Ein Gedi, this is one dedicated butterfly.

The Blue-Spotted Arab Butterfly has spent much of this morning making his rounds, never flying too far from his starting point. In full rich color, he patiently waits for the opportunity to display his primacy and his genetic finery to potential mates.

The Wadi David at Ein Gedi was bone-dry. It’s inevitable that at some point we pause and ask, “How do these butterflies satisfy their need for water?” The sky drizzled rain drops the next morning, for just about five minutes.

For those of you who haven’t yet seen the three other posts of Blue-Spotted Arab’s, we photograph with a Macro Lens, using a hand-held camera. This is one tough butterfly to approach, especially in the Wadi. Our images were the result of much negotiation. The butterfly allowed us to approach within four feet, and we agree not to come one inch closer. A successful negotiation in the Middle East. Good.


2 thoughts on “Residing in Israel’s Wadi David at Ein Gedi, this is One Dedicated Butterfly

    • Thanks Jim. I went down there to Ein Gedi to capture photos of this butterfly in December, and all clicked. The skies were blue, the temps were in the low 80’s, there were few tourists if any, and the Blue-spotted arab butterflies tolerated my measured approach.


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