Along the Air Line... 2009 - Summer, Part 5
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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July 20th. Monarch (Danaus plexippus).






Monarchs are among many insects that find nectar in Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). This Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) has a yellow Milkweed pollinium stuck to the tip of its right foreleg (and anoher hard to see stuck to its left foreleg). The plant is structured so that insects walking on the flowers pick up pollinia and deposit them on other milkweed plants.



Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus).



Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara), a relative of tomato and potato.



Mulberry Wing Skipper (Poanes massasoit).



A female Meadowhawk Dragonfly (Sympetrum sp.). The males tend to be a bright rusty red and become common in late summer and early fall.



Joe-pye-weed (Eupatorium sp.) in bud.



Jewelweed or Touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis). The seed pods, shown here flanking a flower, burst and fling the seeds at the slightest touch.



Yellow Warblers (Dendroica petechia) were active in early evening.



July 27th. Grayville Falls after days of frequent rain.
























July 28th. Three Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) chicks appear ready to fledge.



4 P.M. The Cedar Waxwing chicks are open-mouthed, trying to stay cool.



July 31st. Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana).