Enjoy Your Nap, Viceroy Butterfly

Viceroy Butterfly at rest (right side), photographed by Jeff Zablow at "Butterflies and Blooms in the Briar Patch," Eatonton, GA

It was always a struggle for me to get to the Butterflies and Blooms Briar Patch Habitat, before 8:30 AM on any morning. I’m a slow starter in the morning, and that jeopardized the opportunities that can be had by early arrivals at wildlife habitat. I’ve often seen others come along at 11 A.M. or noontime.

The sun is way too high after 11 A.M., striking your subject butterfly so that the image is bathed in strong light. I didn’t want that. Much better are images scored early in the morning, with the sunlight striking your butterfly at a sharp angle, accentuating the topography of your subject, producing interesting angles, and great images.

This Viceroy butterfly was difficult to see, as it remained on this flat leaf, just inside the tree margin at the Briar Patch Habitat. It wasn’t ready to make flight, not yet. I was able to quickly have a look at it, and Wow! it was a very handsome Viceroy. it’s marking was bold, nicely colored and included a solid, thick black hindwing mid-line, the line that enables you to easily see that not only is the butterfly smaller than a Monarch butterfly, but with that hindwing line coursing the middle of the hindwing, it’s definitely a Viceroy.

Viceroy butterflies thrive when their hostplant, Willows, trees or bushes, are nearby.

Eatonton, Georgia, in the Georgia Piedmont region.


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.