Along the Air Line... 2017 - Summer, Part 11
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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August 31st.  A brief stop off River Road near the Blackledge River Bridge. 

 

 

 

 

 

American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas).

 

 

White Wood Asters (Eurybia divaricata).

 

 

 

 

 

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis).

 

 

 

 

 

Woodland Sunflower (Helianthus divaricatus).

 

 

 

 

 

What's that little insect near the center?

 

 

Looks like Eulophis sp., a wasp parasitic on caterpillers.  See http://www.performance-vision.com/parasitoids/index.htm for the life cycle of a similar wasp.

 

 

Mated Goldenrod Soldier Beetles (Chauligonathus pensylvanicus).

 

 

Another brief stop, this time near the trail detour around Route 2 in Colchester.  Bee Wolf (Family Crabronidae, Philanthus gibbosus).

 

 

 

 

 

One of the last Deptford Pinks (Dianthus armeria) of the season.

 

 

A few Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus) still blooming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Evening-Primrose (Oenothera biennis).

 

 

A well camouflaged Crab Spider (Mecaphesa sp.).

 

 

Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) in flower.

 

 

 

 

 

Spotted Touch-me-not or Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 2nd.  A brief stop at Cranberry Bog.  White Baneberry or Doll's Eyes (Actaea pachypoda).

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe a Leaf-footed Bug, but I'm not sure.

 

 

Find the insect on past-season Joe-Pye-weed flowers?

 

 

Same shot, close up.  An Assasin Bug (Sinea sp.), facing the camera, raptorial front legs, beak, and eye foremost.

 

 

Same bug, a nymph, in side view.

 

 

Spotted Cucumber Beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata) on Goldenrod..

 

 

September 4th.  Sun through ground fog after a rainy yesterday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 5th.  Nearly black berries of Carrion Flower (Smilax herbacea), a twining vine in the same genus as Catbriar.

 

 

 

 

 

A brief stop at River Road, late morning.  Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle (Chauligonathus pensylvanicus).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think this is a last-gasp flower of Slender Gerardia (Agalinis tenuifolia).

 

 

 

 

 

September 6th.  One of three Great Blue Herons (Ardea herodius) at the marsh on a misty morning, threatening rain.  Uncommon to see one in this dead tree.

 

 

 

 

 

Another of the three.  No pics of the third.