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

His Favorite Butterfly?

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

I went there in June, that my plan well before I flew to the HolyLand, Israel. I wanted to see this butterfly, this Very Rare, Protected butterfly. Apharitis Cilissa flies in June only, and only in the Upper Galilee. I went to Mr. Meron, stayed in a SPNI Nature field house, and when I worked the trails on SPNI’s refuge reserve, I found them!

They’re tiny, gorgeous in the Middle Eastern sunlight, and finally, after following them (my timing was perfect, for I found a fresh flight of them), I met this one, I’m thinking a female. Nectaring on a pretty bloom, she moved her wings to and fro, as some do, and here we have much to see. She exposes her richly hued upper wing, and we see so much of her detail, including her tails and the metallic spots on her wings, they excitingly reflecting the strong Middle Eastern sun.

Little doubt have I that Jesus and the Prophets made similar treks, from their nearby homes, to see A. Cilissa and to be motivated and moved by the magnificence of G-d’s creations.

Jeff

Northern Metalmark Butterfly On Oxe-Eye Daisy

Northern Metalmark Butterfly on Oxe-eye Daisy photographed by Jeff Zablow at Lynx Prairie, OH

Home like 99% of you are, thanks to the COVID-19. More and more I use my time well, reviewing and enjoying our Media Library of what 900+ images. I sit here, in our new sunroom (we moved) and what can I say? I love and revel in those images, reminding me of times, places and incredible good luck that has been visited upon me.

With Barbara Ann Case’s passing recently, I recall trips made because of the kindness and cooperation of her friends, i.e., Angela.

Here’s such an image. I’d already met Little Metalmark butterflies in Georgia and Fatal Metalmark butterflies in the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas. Here is the day in 2018 when I met Northern Metalmark butterflies in Adams County, Ohio. Angela and Barbara Ann (OBM”) guided me to Lynx Prairie Reserve, and I hit the jackpot, finding a fresh flight of more than 50!!

This Northern Metalmark butterfly is nectaring on Oxe-Eye Daisy.

Especially love Metalmark butterflies. That scintillating threading of metallic gleam just electrifies me, it does.

Jeff