September 2016 in the Briar Patch Habitat

Jeff Zablow at Butterflies & Blooms in the Briar Patch, Autumn 2016, Eatonton, GA

Just 31 hours ago, I pulled into my Pittsburgh home. Three weeks (3) in Eatonton, Georgia at the Butterfly & Blooms Briar Patch Habitat. Three glorious weeks with butterflies . . . everywhere!

Northeastern USA groaned, with few butterflies of any species aloft. Georgia had the opposite. Butterflies were in abundance everywhere where I went.

Never, ever have I seen more butterflies at one time then I did here at the Habitat. Not even in museum, conservatory or aviary enclosures, have I seen what I saw there, for all of those weeks. It just took words out of you. My tops for this trip was 26 different species in a single morning. Back in August, it was a whopping 29 species in a morning. Holy Molley!

Here, we had spotted a rare, uncommon Checkered White butterfly. I photographed this male, all the while, Virginia C Linch (the founder of this miracle! in central Georgia) recorded me.

Did you hear my whispered Thank Y-u’s from your perch in Pennsylvania, France, New York, Georgia, Ohio, Toronto or Israel?

I’ll be back full force in several days, with lots of new images, and no shortage of sharing.


5 thoughts on “September 2016 in the Briar Patch Habitat

  1. So glad you had such a fruitful trip. To see that many types of butterflies in one place has to be totally amazing. I can just see you dancing on clouds of joy to have so many little wonders to photograph. Do I dare ask how many rolls of film you took in three weeks? LOL

    I would love to continue to add a greater variety of butterfly friendly plants and shrubs to my Butterfly Haven to attract more of the less common butterflies. Does Virginia happen to have a plant list of what she has growing in the habitat? This was a very slow and sad season for butterflies here in the southern tier of NY. We are at the northern tip of the Appalachian Mountain range, where there is a drought going on, and that has really lowered the number of winged guests that we usually are blessed with here in the warmer months. But I am still convinced that “If I plant it they will come”


    • It was! It was! You asked, and I shot-out 52 rolls! 52! I met Zebra longwings (heliconians) for the first time in the wild, and followed Mike Barwick into the Oaky Woods Wildlife Management Area, where Mike introduced me to new wildflowers, that you would have so enjoyed meeting! Virginia is outreaching and wonderful, and I urge you to contact her directly. Yes, butterfly population swings are surely cyclical. Plant their hostplants, and they will Google search you, and they . . . will come!!


  2. lol

    Briar Patch is misspelled…..

    it is not Brair

    Va. “The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”― Albert Einstein

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  3. well, you didn’t even say g’Bye! so glad you enjoyed your time here, always a treat to joust, i mean visit with you…and so glad that you “get” our habitat project. looking forward to seeing your shots, and expecting you to see more species when you visit in 2017- already planning and planting in the habitat!


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