Along the Air Line... 2010 - Summer, Part 2
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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July 9th. Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) taking a break.

 

 

 

 

 

July 10th. Eastern Tiger Swallowtails (Papilio glaucus) were abundant in late spring, having emerged from overwintering chrysalids. Now second generation adults are flying, having developed from the spring adults' eggs.  This female shows considerable damage already.

 

 

Second generation Spicebush Swallowtails (Papilio troilus) are also flying now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Groundnut (Apios americana) climbing over Goldenrod (Solidago sp.).

 

 

The flower shape confirms Groundnut as a member of the Pea Family (Leguminosae or Fabaceae), along with clovers, sweet peas, beans, etc.

 

 

July 11th.  Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodius) at Raymond Brook Marsh.

 

 

 

 

 

Liftoff!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An afternoon stroll at Cranberry Bog in East Hampton.  Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Probably a Dun Skipper (Euphyes vestris).

 

 

 

 

 

A Mulberry Wing skipper (Poanes massasoit).

 

 

Probably a male White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum).

 

 

They perch with their abdomens straight up.

 

 

A male Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis).

 

 

A male Widow Skimmer (Libellula pulchella).

 

 

The Squash Vine Borer Moth (Melittia cucurbitae) is a wasp mimic in appearance and behavior.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Yellow Jacket wasp (Vespula sp.).

 

 

A Flower Fly (Family Syrphidae) approaching the invasive Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria).

 

 

July 15th. Bouncing Bet (Saponaria officinalis).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An ornamental Day-Lily (Hemerocallis fulva) at the Route 85 trailhead.

 

 

A Bee on Chicory (Chicorium intybus).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) on Queen Anne's Lace.

 

 

 

 

 

Hedge Bindweed (Convolvulus sepium).

 

 

 

 

 

Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) is starting to bloom, attended by Flower Flies (Family Syrphidae).

 

 

 

 

 

July 16th.  One very large Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina).

 

 

Um, make that two.