Wednesday (17-July-2019) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Daily Walkabout. My back hurts and it is really hot and humid outside. I only went out for a short time with a much lighter kit — Nikon D850 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens. Bumble Bees, Butterflies (Skippers? and Monarch), and of course the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth. In addition to the Zinnia flowers, one Hummingbird Clearwing spent some time feeding on Larkspur (Delphinium) flowers. Later in the evening, before it started raining a small herd of deer passed through the backyard. I captured these images with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens with a 1.4x teleconverter. There were only three fawns (used to be four), and one of the fawns has some open sores on its face. Three wary does stayed nearby. They were all being harassed by flies.

Bumble Bee. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Bumble Bee. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Bumble Bee. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Bumble Bee. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)


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Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris thysbe) feeding on Larkspur Flowers. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris thysbe) feeding on Larkspur Flowers. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris thysbe) feeding on a Zinnia Flower. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris thysbe) feeding on a Zinnia Flower. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (DAVID J MATHRE)


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Daily Power Use (67.9 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (71.8 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. More clouds as the day progressed with the outdoor temperatures increasing, but still generated about 3 kWh more power that I used. The GeoThermal HVAC heat pump needed to run at full capacity (stage 2) part of the afternoon just to keep up with cooling the house. It will be interesting to see how the GeoThermal system does Friday to Sunday as the outside temperatures will be approaching 100 °F (38 °C).


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Tuesday (16-July-2019) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Daily Walkabout. The wildflower meadows I planted spring are now in bloom and attracting lots and lots of bee, bumblebees, butterflies, hummingbird clearwing moths, and birds. Each attracted to different types, and even colors of flowers. Today I went out with a Nikon D850 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens with a 2.0 TC-E III teleconverter (effective 600 mm f/5.6). Not quite as heavy as the 600 mm f/4, but still heavy. Rather than just hand-holding, I used a mono-pod to help stabilize the setup. I was looking to get higher resolution images. Even in bright sunlight, it was slow to focus (lots of hunting). The new butterfly for the day is some type of Skipper. The Monarch butterflies prefer the red and pink Zinnia flowers (and an Orange Marigold). The Hummingbird Clearwing moths prefer the pink Zinnia flowers. Before there were as many Zinnias, they were also attracted to the pink Cosmos flowers (now ignored).

Skipper? butterfly feeding on a Zinnia flower. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens + 2.0 TC-EIII teleconverter (DAVID J MATHRE)
Skipper? butterfly feeding on a Zinnia flower. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens + 2.0 TC-EIII teleconverter (DAVID J MATHRE)


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Daily Power Use (56.8 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (81.5 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Lots of sun but it is getting warmer outside keeping the Geothermal HVAC busy. Still generated 25 kWh more power that I used for the day. Rain predicted for tomorrow (needed in the wildflower meadow) and even hotter for the weekend.

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Monday (15-July-2019) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Daily Walkabout. More images of Clearwing Hummingbird moths in flight. In two of the images you can also see a bumblebee in flight to compare the relative sizes. Butterflies include Tiger Swallowtail, Monarch, Painted Lady, Orange Sulphur, and either a Duskywing or Sootywing.


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Orange Sulfur Butterfly (Colias eurytheme). Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Orange Sulfur Butterfly (Colias eurytheme). Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Juvenal's Duskywing, Horace's Duskywing, or Common Sootywing (best guess the latter). Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Juvenal’s Duskywing, Horace’s Duskywing, or Common Sootywing (best guess the latter). Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Power Use (51.2 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (86.14 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Lots of sun so generated 35 kWh more power that I used for the day.

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Sunday (14-July-2019) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Daily Walkabout. The Clearwing Hummingbird moths found the back wildflower meadow where the dwarf Zinnia flowers are starting to bloom. I saw at least three of the Hummingbird moths feeding off the Zinnia flowers. To be different today I am just showing images of the Hummingbird moths in flight.

Clerawing Hummingbird Moth in Flight. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Clerawing Hummingbird Moth in Flight. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Clerawing Hummingbird Moth in Flight. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Clerawing Hummingbird Moth in Flight. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Clerawing Hummingbird Moth in Flight. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Clerawing Hummingbird Moth in Flight. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Clerawing Hummingbird Moth in Flight. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Clerawing Hummingbird Moth in Flight. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Clerawing Hummingbird Moth in Flight. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Clerawing Hummingbird Moth in Flight. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Clerawing Hummingbird Moth in Flight. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Clerawing Hummingbird Moth in Flight. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Clerawing Hummingbird Moth in Flight. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Clerawing Hummingbird Moth in Flight. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Clerawing Hummingbird Moth in Flight. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Clerawing Hummingbird Moth in Flight. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Power Use (60.5 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (74.81 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Not quite as much sun out today, but it was still hot out and the Geothermal HVAC system was on continuously most of the the afternoon into evening. Still generated more power that I’m using. The weekly summary is 455 kWh solar power generated and 392 kWh power used for a weekly surplus of 63 kWh.

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Monday (08-July-2019) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

It rained most of the morning. Later in the afternoon, I did see a Clearwing Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris thysbe) in my Wildflower Meadow. Right now it is attracted to the Pink Cosmos and Zinnia flowers. I am trying different camera/lens combinations to get the best images of the Hummingbird Moth. Today I used a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (exclusively at 400 mm).


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Daily Power Use (45.5 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (37.9 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. It rained all morning, and the sun didn’t come out until midday so the power generation was low. The temperatures stayed low, so the geothermal HVAC system didn’t need to work as hard to keep the indoor cool. But, I still used 8.6 kWh more power than produced by the solar panels.

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