Along the Air Line... 2006 - Summer, Part 2
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)



Eastern Comma butterfly (Polygonia comma).



Canada Lily (Lilium canadense).



A young Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon)



Wild Indigo (Baptisia tinctoria).



Leaves of Tall Meadow Rue (Thalictrum pubescens).



Spiked Lobelia (Lobelia spicata).



A Plume Moth on Yarrow (Achillea millifolium).



July 8th.



Spotted Wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata).






Blue Toadflax (Nuttallanthus canadensis).



Smartweed Caterpillar, the larva of a Smeared Dagger Moth (Acronicta oblinita).



Meadowsweet (Spiraea alba).



Mourning Cloak butterflies (Nymphalis antiopa) attracted to seeping tree wounds (old beaver damage).



I've been walking this stretch of trail for nearly five years - and it still has surprises.



Limber Honeysuckle berries (Lonicera dioica).



Fringed Loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata).



Peppergrass or Poor Man's Pepper (Lepidium virginicum).



Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata).






Deptford Pink (Dianthus armeria).






Large Lace-Border moth (Scopula limboundata).






Berries of Morrow's Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii).



July 9th. A Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) has joined the Mourning Cloak butterflies at the "seep" on the damaged oak tree.



Typically, the butterflies land a foot or two away from the seep and approach on foot.