Little Metalmark Butterflies & Their Preferred Blossoms

Little Metalmark butterfly, photographed by Jeff Zablow at Shellman Bluff, GAWildflowers where Little Metmark butterflies sip nectar, photographed by Jeff Zablow at Brunswick, GA

We tried to find Little Metalmark Butterflies again in 2020, without success. Discouraging that, for when I met them, shown here, I was beyond excited. All those visits to pre-sale Exhibitions of Magnificent Jewelry at New York’s Chrtistie’s, Sotheby’s, Doyle, all those visits to Tiffany’s, David Webb and others, didn’t prepare more for the exquisite beauty of a fresh Little Metalmark butterfly on a sunny Georgia morning.

Without anyone to guide us to them, along the Georgia coast, I fear that 2021, out along the Georgia coastline, will again fail to reintroduce us to that these tiniest, most beautiful works of our Supreme Artisan, G-d.

Jeff

A Tiny Metalmark’s Beauty Surpasses that of Tiffany Glass

Little Metalmark butterfly, photographed by Jeff Zablow at Shellman Bluff, GA

I remember when I saw the Rockettes on stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. I remember standing there in Oklahoma (Ft. Sill) and yes, the wind did come “sweeping down the plain.” I remember that elevator ride (The Fuller Building in New York, N.Y.) with Diana Ross and I remember those two feral dogs that sized me up, along on a Pennsylvania trail.

I remember when I saw those Little Metalmark butterflies, they nectaring on beyond tiny yellow wildflowers, along that road in Shellman Bluffs, Georgia. First I remember how tiny they were. How can a butterfly be that tiny? Too, I remember how their up close beauty surpassed the works of Tiffany, Cartiers and such.

Who amongst you have seen Little Metalmark butterflies? Thanks to Nancy and John, I have seen them. Will never forget them.

Jeff

Northern Metalmark In Southcentral Ohio

Northern Metalmark Butterfly at rest photographed by Jeff Zablow at Lynx Prairie, OH

I go to find beauty, beautiful butterflies. Sometimes I travel alot to do that, as I did here, arriving in southern Ohio after coming there from Georgia. There was never any doubt that the sites that Angela had planned to be would be somewhere between excellent to incredible. They were, starting near Dayton, Ohio and ending in the meadow you’re viewing here, in Adams County, Ohio. miles from the Ohio-Kentucky border.

I struck Gold that day, at Lynx Prairie Reserve, when I found (Yes I did) a fresh flight of Northern Metalmark butterflies. I’d never seen one before, and the more than 50 I saw that morning (Again, Yes I did) were a feast of beauty. They were in a meadow I kind of stumbled into, a sizable meadow. When I saw the first Northern, I could have screamed for JOY! When I kept seeing more and more, Oh My Goodness!

This is a very small butterfly, and they are great to shoot, for they rest often, and when those metallic-lines that run along the outer margins of their wings face the full sun of an Ohio morning, they shine until my smile goes from ear to ear! Honest.

Jeff

A Very Special Image Of A Pygmy Blue

Little Metalmark butterfly at rest, photographed by Jeff Zablow at Shellman Bluff, GA

As we prepare for our August drive to the Golden Islands of the Georgia coastline, this image brings back sweet memories of my first trip to that region, with Nancy and John. I wanted to meet, for the first time, Eastern Pygmy Blue butterflies and Little Metalmark butterflies.

My old friends knew where to search, and we found them! All of them!

I Love this image of the dorsal (upper) surface of an Eastern Pygmy Blue Butterfly. You must know that this is one of the USA’s tiniest butterflies, and they fly just inches above the ground. It is written that they almost NEVER open their wings to show their dorsal surface.

When your own image of a butterfly’s upper features is finer than that of the 2 best field guides, that warms the heart, encourages the Will. Pleases Jeff a whole lot.

Jeff