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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Two-Years Ago (08-September-2014) — New Jersey

Late Summertime Nature at the Sourland Mountain Preserve.

Bumblebee approaching yellow wildflowers at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014.

Bumblebee Approaching the Late Summer Wild Flowers at the Sourland Mountain Preserve, in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)
Bumblebee Approaching the Late Summer Wild Flowers at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. (David J Mathre)