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

So You’ve Seen A Red Rim Butterfly in Texas. Now What?

Red-rim butterfly on fallen branch photographed by Jeff Zablow at the National Butterfly Center, Mission, TX

Graduation from PS 244 in Brooklyn. Graduation from JHS 285, and after from Samuel J Tilden HS. Graduation from Hunter College in New York City. Graduation from OCS. Earned a Masters Degree from Pace University. Married. Four healthy children, all graduated from schools we had confidence in. Sat through graduations in some of America’s finest universities and graduate schools.

Me? I taught Advanced Placement Biology and I introduced sylvan habitat to some of the toughest kids in New York City and later in Pittsburgh. I built successful (very) real estate business, only to have it wrested away from me by despicables. With my wife’s (A”H) help, I did not . . .

I’ve done this and more. Hundreds of trips near and far to meet new butterflies, and it’s become ever more interesting, for look, I’ve seen and photographed the Red Rim butterfly at the National Butterfly Center, in Mission, Texas, near the border wall with Mexico. That same trip I met and shot the Erato Heliconian butterfly, the Common Mestra, the Mexican Bluewing, the Tropical Leafwing . . . and so many more.

Now what?

Jeff

My Most Viewed Butterfly?

This female Easter Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly remains one of my viewed wingedbeauty images, ever. Taken at Raccoon Creek State Park in southwestern Pennsylvania, some nine hours west of the Empire State Building in New York City.

One of my most viewed ever.

Do be so kind as to share with me. Why have so many of you taken the time to have a look at this particular butterfly?

Jeff