Two Black Spots Make this Cabbage White Butterfly a Female

Female Cabbage White Butterfly photographed by Jeff Zablow at Raccoon Creek State Park, PA

Are we seeing fewer and fewer of them? I remember when we saw many more of them in the ’60’s, ’70’s and 1980’s. When I seriously began photographing them in the 1990’s, what did I discover? They are inexplicably difficult to photograph! Their white wings discombobulate the camera/film, and most exposures of them disappoint. That is why I am pleased with this image.

I used to call them “European Cabbage White butterflies.” Most everyone called them that. Now, accepting that they are here to stay, all seem to now use ‘Cabbage White’ butterfly.

She sports those 2 black spots on her dorsal forewing, ID’ing her as a fine female.

Raccoon Creek State Park, southwestern Pennsylvania. Eight hours or so west of the Empire State Building.

Jeff

Little Yellow Butterfly (Paul B. Johnson State Park, MS)

Mimosa Yellow Butterfly at Johnson State Park, MS

I was excited to meet a tiny new yellow butterfly in western Mississippi. Paul B. Johnson State Park was a nice stop. As for Hackberry Emperor Butterflies, dozens of them to be seen.

That pink spot and those to black spots close to the head cause me to identify this sweet yellow as a Little Yellow butterfly. Ken? Curt? Mr. Ward? Mr. Pyle? Phil? Jerry and Rose? Mike R? Mike B? Jeff?

Jeff

 

Shooting Coppers

Lycaena Thersamon Butterfly Nectaring photographed by Jeff Zablow at Neve Ativ, Israel

No, not those coppers back in New York, Jersey, Boston or Chicago. These Coppers, Lycaena Thersamon, fly in Israel. This one is probably the most common Copper in that Part of the HolyLand.

She was in a field, surrounding a village on the slope of Mt. Hermon. There were dozens of them those mornings in March, and she was one of the most stunning of them all.

I have a fondness for Copper butterflies. I’m especially taken by that rich burnt copper hue, and how it plays against the black spots and wing margins.

Israel has 4 HolyLand Coppers, I’ve seen 2 of them. I’d love to return to the peak of Mt. Hermon and find the other 2, they rare and ‘Protected.’ That will have to wait, the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) are up there on the top of Mt. Hermon, and have been there for the last handful or so of years, protecting Israel from the carnage that has been going on on the other side, the Syrian side of this 7,000 foot tall mountain.

Jeff