Sunday (07-July-2019) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Butterflies, Bees, and Clearwing Hummingbird Moths. Today, the Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly was missing its tails and some of its rear wing. The Black Swallowtail Butterfly (NJ State Butterfly) was also missing one of its tails. I also saw a Red Admiral and Painted Lady Butterfly. One of the Clearwing Hummingbird Moths showed up. It spent most of its time feeding on the Pink Cosmos and Pink Zinnia flowers


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Daily Power Use (59.1 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (64.15 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. The sun was out long enough to generate more power than the geothermal HVAC system needed to keep the house cool.

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Tuesday (18-June-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

It rained a lot today (1.71 in/43 mm). More wet Red Poppy pictures. This time some with real bees.

Red Poppy after the Rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Red Poppy after the Rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)


Red Poppy and a Bee after the Rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Red Poppy and a Bee after the Rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Red Poppy and a Bee after the Rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Red Poppy and a Bee after the Rain. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Power Use (54.5 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (23.13 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Power use is down since I adjusted the thermostat to 72°F.

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Tuesday (01-September-2015) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

The second set of images for today. Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly, Hummingbird Clearwing moth, Praying Mantis (that just missed catching a Hummingbird Clearwing moth for Lunch), and a Bee. They were all attracted to the Thistle flowers. I missed most of the butterfly and clearwing butterfly moth season while having my cataract surgery. My eyes are healing, I am seeing better, and now finally getting used to being out in the sun (with wrap-around sunglasses).


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Praying Mantis hunting on a Thistle flower. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens. (David J Mathre)
Praying Mantis hunting on a Thistle flower. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens. (David J Mathre)
Honey Bee approaching a Thistle flower. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens. (David J Mathre)
Honey Bee approaching a Thistle flower. Image taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens. (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (21-March-2014) — New Jersey

Backyard Spring Nature in New Jersey.

Honey Bee Working the Early Spring Purple Crocuses Blooms. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Fuji 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/2.4, 1/4000 sec).

Honey Bee Working the Early Spring Purple Crocuses Blooms. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Fuji 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/2.4, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Honey Bee Working the Early Spring Purple Crocuses Blooms. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Fuji 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/2.4, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (06-September-2013) — New Jersey

Late Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Honey Bee Working the Yellow Bearded Beggarticks Wildflowers. Near the pond at the nearby Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec).

Honey Bee Working the Late Summer Yellow Wildflowers (Bearded Beggarticks). Near the Pond at Sourland Mountain Preserve in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Honey Bee Working the Late Summer Yellow Wildflowers (Bearded Beggarticks). Near the Pond at Sourland Mountain Preserve in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)