On Pins and Needles . . .

Apharitis Cilissa butterfly photographed by Jeffrey Zablow at Mt. Meron, Israel

My timing? Perfect for finding a flight of Apaharitis Cillisa, on Mt. Meron in the upper Galilee, the HolyLand, Israel.

After seeing quite a few fly, I wanted to catch a good shot of those teeny, tiny wings as they gently undulated back and forth. Why? Because when those hindwings moved back and forth, the exquisite coppery-red color of the upperwing peeked out, and it was a treat to see it. Here you see my best result, a pleasing share of both dorsal and ventral wing. I wanted to capture this sweet look, and I think I did.

Just 2 days ago, Dwayne’s Photo (Parsons, Kansas, USA) emailed me. My 27 rolls of Fuji Velvia slide film has been processed, and my slides will arrive tomorrow, NLT noontime.

Pins and Needles. That’s how family used to describe how it felt to wait for something that they really, really wanted badly.

I got my Swift Guide of North American butterflies (Glassberg) in the mail yesterday. John and Nancy strongly recommended it. Last night I poured through it. Pins and Needles!!

Will my slides be keepers? Will those fantastic exposures of mating, hard to find Mexican fritillaries be worthy of sharing. Will those of the largest, most gorgeous Monarch butterflies I’ve ever seen, shot before and during their coupling, meet my own standards?

Imagine my ‘bated breath’ as I recall shooting Erato heliconian, Red-rimmed, Malachite, Gold-bordered hairstreaks, Menstras, Fatal metalmarks, Tropical leafwing, Texas crescents, Julia heliconians and many, many more rare and new to me butterflies. Pins and needles. Needles and pins.


4 thoughts on “On Pins and Needles . . .

  1. Now you have me on pins and needles in anticipation of so many butterflies I have never seen up here in the great north east! LOL I am sure there will be many gems for you to share as you take such wonderful butterfly pictures and only share the best of the best.

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    • Thank you Barbara. They the good variety of pins and needles. Gems? Best of the best? Well, I do try. How much I appreciate your support and your keen field work!


  2. Jeff your picture is exquisite! Was this photo captured recently? I will be in Upper Galilee later this month. I would think it would be far to cool for this tender butterfly. Pins and Needles myself:) Thank you for sharing.

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    • Denise, Thank you. This one was seen in June, several years ago. I stayed nearby, at the foot of Mt. Meron, in an SPNI fieldhouse. I timed that trip to see these Apharitis and several other butterflies that fly in June. That is the only time they fly, June, in the very northern Galilee. They are rare, and Protected. I am Very Happy to hear that you will be in the Galilee this month. What a special, beautiful and moving place, for so many reasons!

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