Gulf Frit in Kathleen

Gulf fritillary butterfly on Tithonia, photographed by Jeff Zablow at Kathleen, GA

Gulf Fritillary butterflies are, well, ubiquitous in Georgian gardens, reserves and flower beds. Once you’ve shot out some, you soon turn your attention to other species flying about. That’s fine, and the way it is.

Serious photographers of butterflies live with a persistent, muffled, and nagging desire. Get an image, get images that REALLY show Gulf frits at their best. Score a super fine dorsal image, with rich reddish-orange, bright White spots, super-fine head, spots glaring, and more. Get a ventral image with those white spots and oblongs declaring, “White, white, white” in the reflecting sun.

I labor with these siren songs in my head when I’m in Georgia, and hopefully this year in other southeastern states.

This one was taken in Kathleen. Kathleen, Georgia that is. Mike invited me to come and see if we can’t find . . . Zebra Heliconians! (We did!!!)

There’s some to like in this capture of a Gulf fritillary. What think you?

Jeff

2 thoughts on “Gulf Frit in Kathleen

    • Mary, I wanted to possess a bank of southern US butterflies. I was invited to visit, set out, & at the Butterflies & Blooms in the Briar Patch Habitat, I was way more than rewarded with large numbers of butterflies, fresh and diverse. Headed out to Georgia state parks and reserves, and this same abundance! Now 2 years and 7 trips, and I think you are correct. Georgians are more helpful and friendlier, if that matters to you. Please stay in touch.

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