Along the Air Line... 2008 - Spring, Part 9
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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June 3rd, continued. Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium sp.).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hop Clover (Trifolium agrarium).

 

 

Common Cinquefoil (Potentilla simplex).

 

 

A pair of Pumpkinseeds (Lepomis gibbosus).

 

 

Males clear an area of the bottom of all debris, mate, then remain to protect the eggs.

 

 

 

 

 

A huge Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) retreating from the camera. It had been basking on the old beaver lodge that earlier served as the goose family's resting place.

 

 

Wool-sower Gall on White Oak (Quercus alba). The gall is formed by a Cynipid wasp, Callirhytis seminator.

 

 

A Bramble (Rubus sp.) There are numerous local species.

 

 

Mating dragonflies. (Sorry, no ID.)

 

 

June 9th. A male Luna Moth (Actias luna) perched on Garlic Mustard beside the trail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multiflora roses (Rosa multiflora) smell sweet along the trail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Harvestman or Daddy-long-legs (Order Opiliones).

 

 

 

 

 

June 10th. Widow Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa).

 

 

A grass in flower. Touch it and the pollen puffs away.

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Arrowwood (Viburnum recognitum).

 

 

 

 

 

Cow-wheat (Melampyrum lineare).

 

 

 

 

 

A pale Blue Flag iris (Iris versicolor).

 

 

 

 

 

Ebony Jewelwing or Black-winged Damselfly (Calopteryx maculatum).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A hummingbird nest (spotted by Bob & Julia Carlson).

 

 

Hummingbird nests are constructed of lichen and spider silk.

 

 

June 12th. Little Wood-satyr (Megisto cymela).