Saturday (28-October-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature

The Monarch butterflies are still here. It is getting colder every night, and is a very long way to migrate to Mexico to hibernate for the winter. The slide show contains 12 images.

Monarch Butterfly on an Orange Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/800 sec) (David J Mathre)
Monarch Butterfly on an Orange Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/800 sec) (David J Mathre)

 


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)

Saturday (21-October-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey

After finishing Saturday chores around the house I noticed a few Monarch butterflies in my wildflower meadow. I spent the rest of the afternoon out with a camera. They need to start migrating soon as it has been getting cold at night.

Pair of Monarch Butterflies sharing a late autumn wildflower. Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/350 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pair of Monarch Butterflies sharing a late autumn wildflower. Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/350 sec). (David J Mathre)

Saturday (07-October-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey

For the last few days, I have been seeing Monarch Butterflies in my wildflower garden/meadow. They seem to like the marigold flowers. I don’t have any milkweed left (too late in the season).

Monarch Butterfly on a Marigold Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 12800, 400 mm, f/13, 1/1800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Monarch Butterfly on a Marigold Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 12800, 400 mm, f/13, 1/1800 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Monarch Butterfly on a Marigold Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Monarch Butterfly on a Marigold Flower. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

Today (04-August-2017) — New Jersey

The Monarch butterflies also like the orange marigold flowers in my wildflower meadow.

Monarch Butterfly on a Marigold flower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII telephoto zoom lens (ISO 140, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Monarch Butterfly on a Marigold flower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII telephoto zoom lens (ISO 140, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)

Today (01-August-2017) — New Jersey

First Monarch Butterfly of the season on a Red Cosmos flower in my wildflower meadow. I have seen them along with yellow and black swallowtail butterflies the last few days, but finally found one that stayed in place long enough to have its picture taken.

First Monarch Butterfly of the season on a Red Cosmos wildflower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 500 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (ISO 100, 500 mm, f/4.5, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
First Monarch Butterfly of the season on a Red Cosmos wildflower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 500 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (ISO 100, 500 mm, f/4.5, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

05-August-2012

Monarch Butterfly Being Stalked by a Praying Mantis.

Today while hiking in the Sourland Mountain Preserve I had a Monarch Butterfly stay long enough to get some images. I then saw that there was a praying mantis stalking the butterfly. The praying mantis is well camouflaged. In this case the butterfly took off before it became breakfast. Last year I got some images of a praying mantis stalking and then eating a hummingbird moth.

Monarch Butterfly  on a Joe Pye Weed Bloom at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Look Closely Below to See a Praying Mantis Staking the Butterfly. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/400 sec). . (David J Mathre)
Monarch Butterfly on a Joe Pye Weed Bloom at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Look Closely Below to See a Praying Mantis Staking the Butterfly. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/400 sec). . (David J Mathre)

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Wednesday (26-December-2007) — Florida

Gone to See Florida 2007 Road Trip Day 5: Selby Gardens in Sarasota

We drove to Sarasota to visit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens to view the Orchid show. The gardens do not allow the use of tripods in the conservatory, but did allow me to use my walking stick as monopod to stabilize the camera while taking pictures. I tried to work quickly so not to block other visitors to the gardens. It was a target rich environment. After visiting the conservatory we spent time wandering around in the outdoor gardens. It was there I got an image of a crab spider having a fly for lunch.

Orchid at Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (David J Mathre)
Orchid at Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (David J Mathre)


Crab Spider with a Fly for Lunch at Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (David J Mathre)
Crab Spider with a Fly for Lunch at Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (David J Mathre)