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)