Friday (27-October-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature

The Monarch butterflies are still here. This one was looking for a late afternoon meal in my wildflower garden. It is really late for them to be migrating to Mexico. Last night it got close to freezing so the Monarch butterflies are not going to be able to survive much longer. Was there an extra late brood of Monarch butterflies this year, that don’t know to migrate. There really isn’t any milkweed left, so I don’t know if they can still lay eggs so the caterpillars will find milkweed next spring. I’m glad there are still a few flowers in my garden, but they aren’t going to last much longer.

Monarch Butterfly working a late autumn wildflower. Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 250, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Monarch Butterfly working a late autumn wildflower. Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 250, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Monarch Butterfly working a late autumn wildflower. Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 900, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Monarch Butterfly working a late autumn wildflower. Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 900, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)

Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests in photography include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, skyscapes, and seascapes. I have traveled to over 50 countries over the last 10 years, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on a home renovation project and expanding my wildflower garden/meadow.

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