Two Lesser Fiery Coppers (Israel)

Lycaena Thersamon photographed by Jeff Zablow at Mishmarot, Israel

Lycaena Thersamon photographed by Jeff Zablow at Mishmarot, Israel


November has arrived here in the U.S. Northeast. Today is one of those beautiful, sunny days that November can offer up. Yet there are also things that ‘grasshoppers’ don’t consider, while the ‘ants’ among us pile-up in our mental things-to-do lists, e.g., check the snow shovel, purchase sidewalk salt (w/o sodium), mulch the flower beds, and on and on.

And then there are those quiet moments, when we realize that we won’t experience the beauty of native butterflies for Gee!, five or more months. Sure we view reports from Florida and Texas, but who do we know down those ways?

This image brought these thoughts up. A pair of Lycaena Thersamons having a look at one another in that agricultural field in Mishmarot, one-hour north of Tel Aviv. Real-time rich reds, with grey, white and black. Sharp, healthy and vibrant. Gems. Living, thriving little gems.


From the Luxurious Arboretum in Israel’s Coastal Plain, We have a Long-Tailed Blue Butterfly

Long-Tailed Blue Butterfly at Ramat Hanadiv, Israel

We’ve posted the dorsal view of the Long-tailed blue butterfly. Here is the view that we usually see. Ah, those eyespots!

Taking a break at Ramat Hanadiv, the luxurious arboretum in Israel’s coastal plain, Lampides boeticus shows her characteristic white stripe in this view.

Photographed in July 2009, it is found throughout Israel and it quite common in a variety of habitats, including in the center of Tel Aviv.