Wednesday (18-January-2017) — New Jersey

Indoor Winter Nature in New Jersey — Western Conifer Bug.

I originally thought these were Stink Bugs, which also try to come indoors once the temperatures drops outside. They have similar colors, but the Western Conifer Bug is more elongated. I do wonder if the Conifer Bug is the reason many of my pine trees died, and had to be removed. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/2.4, 1/60 sec) with the pop-up flash.

Western Conifer Bug. Indoor winter nature in New Jersey. The bugs think it is too cold outside... Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/2.4, 1/60 sec) with the pop-up flash. (David J Mathre)
Western Conifer Bug. Indoor winter nature in New Jersey. The bugs think it is too cold outside… Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/2.4, 1/60 sec) with the pop-up flash. (David J Mathre)

Ten-Years Ago (13-January-2007) — Florida.

Indoor Winter Nature in New Jersey.

Western Conifer Seed Bug – Indoor Winter Nature. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/20, 1/60 sec). Not a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug!

Western Conifer Seed Bug - Indoor Winter Nature. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/20, 1/60 sec). Not a brown marmorated stink bug. (David J Mathre)
Western Conifer Seed Bug – Indoor Winter Nature. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/20, 1/60 sec). Not a brown marmorated stink bug. (David J Mathre)
Western Conifer Seed Bug - Indoor Winter Nature. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/20, 1/60 sec). Not a brown marmorated stink bug. (David J Mathre)
Western Conifer Seed Bug – Indoor Winter Nature. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/20, 1/60 sec). Not a brown marmorated stink bug. (David J Mathre)

Two-Years Ago (01-May-2014) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Carpenter Bee in Flight. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/2000 sec). This is a crop from the full image. I did this hand-held, and had to manually focus. So lots of out of focus images to get one I liked.

Carpenter Bee in Flight. Backyard Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/2000 sec). This is a crop from the full image. I did this hand-held, and had to manually focus. So lots of out of focus images. (David J Mathre)
Carpenter Bee in Flight. Backyard Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/2000 sec). This is a crop from the full image. I did this hand-held, and had to manually focus. So lots of out of focus images. (David J Mathre)

Two-Years Ago (08-November-2013) — New Jersey

Indoor Autumn Nature in New Jersey: Large Cricket in My Basement

A new indoor house pet (pest?). I never knew that a cricket could be this big. It had been getting noisy down in my basement. I added the ruler for scale. The radon in the basement must be causing them to mutate 🙂 .

Giant Camel Cricket in my basement. Indoor nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 400, 105 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Giant Camel Cricket in my basement. Indoor nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 400, 105 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)