One Of My Personal Favs

Maniola Telmessia butterfly (female) photographed by Jeff Zablow at Mt. Meron, Israel

Why? Every so often, when I view my Media Library here, I spot this one, and the same recurring thought emerges. I love this shot of Maniola Telmessia, seen in the HolyLand, Israel. That happy reflection leads me, time and time again to consider Why is this among my favorites?

The morning light that day was early morning light, coming at at an advantageous angle. There was little breeze. The wildflower plant, like so many in Israel, features spiked leaves, for this is not an easy land for plants to survive, and time may have proven that spiked armature helps. The lovely purple hue of the stems pleases my eye.

The coloration of this particular individual bedazzles me, for I love shades of brown, orange and yellow. That vast wash of orange can be the real reason that I like this one, and the unique coloration of the left lower wing surface insists that I stop and study.

Y’all read, hear and see much irresponsible news coverage of Israel, persuading that it is a land in constant danger, peril. Nope. This is the real Israel, gorgeous, mysterious and purposeful. That may be the most important reason I love this image, it markets Israel so perfectly, beautiful, unadorned and serene.



Why do Question Mark Butterflies Prefer Weasel, Bobcat, Dog and Coyote scat?

Question mark butterfly photographed at Raccoon Creek State Park, PA

A stunning field of browns, creams and hint of purple: the Question Mark Butterfly.

Some say, what’s the point of reading any further? It’s the diversity. The diversity. Did most of you know it existed? That’s what is so refreshing about life and about getting out there and having a look at undeveloped terrain.

There’s so much out there. Polygonia interrogations is a neat butterfly. Solitary, never seen with species mates. Mysterious, appearing, pausing–gone! Regal, always seen in one pose or another, as if he or she(?) knows that paparazzi are poised nearby. And get this, most of them migrate up to Pennsylvania in the Spring. Hostplants are elms and hackberries.

I can’t recall a time when I saw a Question Mark butterfly nectaring on a flower? You will find them at sap drips and on scat? Why do they prefer weasel, bobcat, dog and coyote scat?  Hint: the scat of meat eating carnivores.

They got their common name because of the question mark-like marking found on them? Where is it?