A White What?

Levantine marbled white butterfly photographed by Jeffrey Zablow at Neve Ativ, Israel

A Why? Butterfly. Seen in April on the slope of Mt. Hermon, Israel. You’re likely to give this Levantine Marbled White the two second look that most white butterflies complain of.

Look again There’s something different here. Examine those hindwings. See them?

Those two “eyes?” Our white butterflies don’t boast “eyes.” If it’s not a white butterfly, like our Cabbage white . . . what group of butterflies does it belong to?

Levantine Marbleds are Satyrs. Hmm.

Are there any white U.S.A. Satyr butterflies?


Darner Dragonfly at Work

Darner, photographed by Jeff Zablow at Jamestown Audubon Center, NY

The Jamestown Audubon Center was a Western New York treat. Their butterfly garden was large and lush with wildflowers. Ponds provided wildlife habitat, and home for butterflies that prefer watery environs. There is an extensive meadow, and that borders heavily wooded edge.

The sum total of all this generates rich photographic opportunities. It also supports a good-sized darner population.

Wingedbeauty supporters visit in good number when we post darners, and that does not go unnoticed.

This darner flew in, and in 1/100 of a second I decided that it was surely film-worthy. Don’t you agree?

She is a Common Whitetail, though for this trailman, there is noting common about her.