Saturday (04-August-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/2.8, 1/2900 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Clearwing Hummingbird Moth. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/2.8, 1/2900 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)


Friday (27-July-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

I am glad that I protected one section of my wildflowers from the deer. The main flowers in bloom right now are a variety of different colored Zinnia and Cosmos. These, especially the Zinnia are attracting Monarch Butterflies, Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies, and Clearwing Hummingbird Moths. Plus there are several other smaller butterflies, bumble bees, honey bees, and wasps that are also being attracted to the flowers.




Individual images in the slide shows can be viewed here.

Tuesday (17-July-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

First sighting of a Clearwing Hummingbird Moth this year. Last year I saw them on the Rhododendron flowers, but those shrubs were damaged by snow and early spring storms. This year they appear to like the same Zinnia blooms that have also attracted a Monarch Butterfly. They also like the Wild Bergamot flowers. Individual images in the slide show can be viewed here.

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth on a Zinnia Flower Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens/ (DAVID J MATHRE)
Clearwing Hummingbird Moth on a Zinnia Flower Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens/ (DAVID J MATHRE)






Clearwing Hummingbird Moth on a Wild Bergamot Flower. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Clearwing Hummingbird Moth in Flight. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)

Sunday (30-July-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

The Clearwing Hummingbird Moths appear to like the purple delphinium flowers in my backyard wildflower meadow.

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth approaching purple delphiniium flowers. Backyard summer 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, 1/800 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)
Clearwing Hummingbird Moth approaching purple delphiniium flowers. Backyard summer 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, 1/800 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)

Sunday (23-July-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

We had a lot of rain last night. Good for the small wildflower meadows, and good for the few tomato plants that haven’t been nibbled by the deer. I did an early morning walkabout to view the wildflowers. I am still getting a lot of Poppy blooms, as well as Cosmos, Coreopsis, Zinnia, Blackeyed Susan, and others that I don’t know the ID. Some of the Sunflowers are starting to bloom (those that the deer didn’t find). I also saw that the Burma (Bottle Gourd) bloomed last night with a big white flower.

The kitchen renovation is progressing. All but one of the IKEA cabinets have been assembled. Still lots of work to do. After the contractor left, I went back out to the wildflower meadow and saw a Clearwing Hummingbird Moth. It made my day knowing that the work to create the trial wildflower garden/meadow was worth it…

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth approaching a Pink Cosmos wildflower. Backyard summer 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, 1/500 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)
Clearwing Hummingbird Moth approaching a Pink Cosmos wildflower. Backyard summer 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, 1/500 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)