Blue-Spotted Arab Butterflies Loathe Being Approached by a Person with a Camera

Blue-Spotted Arab Butterfly photographed by Jeffrey Zablow

Our second post to-date of Colotis Phisadia in Wadi David at Ein Gedi, Israel. He has spent a good deal of time scouring his tight territorial perimeter for suitable female mates, and he’s now taking a brief rest.

Followers of will now understand that Blue-Spotted Arabs are loathe to be approached. Are they skittish? Yes. So with 3 mornings of photography fieldwork, this is the dorsal (upper) exposure that I will share with you.

Is he flying in an oasis? Sounds like a dreamy existence. Don’t we often view television and video commercials teasing us with the vices of oasis life: drink, sun, and sensuality? Our boy butterfly doesn’t quite seem to have it that good. Nevertheless, he looks pretty handsome, well nourished, and content that he doesn’t have to spend a $$$ ransom to travel to his Wadi from the U.S. or Brazil or the U.K. or Tokyo or Sydney.

They sure gave them  a name, didn’t they?

For our followers, 2013 will be a fine year. I am looking forward to photographing butterflies from the National Butterfly Center near the Texas/Mexican border, and if the military situation doesn’t change, from Israel’s northern-most part of Golan– plus a surprise or two.



Eastern Yellow and Black Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly with Beautiful Orange and Blue Spots on His Hindwings

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly photographed by Jeffrey Zablow in Eastern Neck National Wildlife refuge, MD

He must have somehow known that among the images I wanted to capture, was a recent image of a splendid male Papilio glaucus. Female Eastern tiger swallowtails seems so much more plentiful than males. Further, most of the males that you do see are shooting toward you or down the trail away from you, at say 28 mph? Not usually headed to wildflower beds but searching, searching for suitable female insect mates.

His symmetry of color and wing pattern was excellent, had those beautiful blue spots and orange spots on his hindwings and he was fresh and showed off undamaged wings.

This was something about those mid-August mornings that I have puzzled over without concluding why. Why were the butterflies at this Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge on the Delmarva, near Rock Hall, Maryland so young, fresh and intact?

Occasionally  I feel a bit in awe of those of you who share their images of swallowtails west of the Mississippi. They are diverse and very handsome. But then sanity returns and yes, those east of the big river are equally exquisite.