Lycaena Thersamon Butterfly (Mt. Meron)

Lycaena Thersamon photographed by Jeff Zablow at Mt. Meron, Israel

Lycaena Thersamon butterfly at Mt. Meron

Close. Get Closer. Oh, oh, oh! Fresh, sparkling color and . . . not bird, lizard, insect struck. Right up to her. I took 2 exposures when I was 3 feet away from her. She is tiny, so I carefully (See Technique feature above) continued my robotic approach. I’m in position for my macro- work, and the beauty continues to nectar, some 12″ from my macro- lens (100, 2.8). She is wonderful.

Known as the Lesser Fiery Copper, related to the American Copper butterfly that we enjoy here in the northeastern U.S.. One of the very small butterflies that hikers usually overlook. Why? my eyes were always attuned to birds, butterflies, grasshoppers, bees, flies, botany (all), squirrels, chipmunks, cottontail rabbits, whitetail deer . . . ? Oops! slow down, Jeff.

In closing, I love these tiny coppers, all bedecked, fearless, purposeful.


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