Along the Air Line... 2013 - Spring, Part 14
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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June 17th.  Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) have been around lately.  I think they're taking Serviceberries as they begin to ripen.






Pasture or Carolina Rose (Rosa carolina).









Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota) should be in bloom a week or so from now.



Deptford Pink (Dianthus armeria).



Best guess is a Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone logan).  At first I thought the dark stripe on the hind wing was a marking, but it turns out to be a tear.



And it's off!



Dragonfly eyes and face.



Most likely a female Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis).



June 18th. A midday visit to what was once a meadow and wood along the Jeremy RIver just downstream from Grayville Falls and the merger with Raymond Brook.



Nice riffles flowing past where teens have dammed the stream to create a wading area.



Succession has mostly obliterated the meadow but a few wildflowers hang on.  This is Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus).






Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta).



Northern Bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica) fruits are maturing.  Soon they'll be covered with a blue-grey way that can be used to msake candles.  Yellow-rumped Warblers are among the few birds that can digest the wax.



Stargrass (Hypoxis hirsuta) is being crowded out as the meadow matures.  Not a grass, but a lily.



Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos).



Little Wood-Satyr (Megisto cymela).









Best guess is a Clubtail dragonfly (Gomphus sp., perhaps a female G. exilis).  Tattered wings show its age.



A female Painted Skimmer (Libellula semifasciata).









A brief walk at two spots where the trail passes close by RIver Road in Colchester.  Wood-sorrel (Oxalis sp.)



Bedstraw (Galium sp.).  Tiny 4-petaled flowers and leaves usually in whorls of six at nodes.



Hmm, I know this moth but can't remember its name.  I'll get help.



Peppergrass (Lepidium sp.).



Pineapple-weed (Matricaria matricaroides).  Crush it and release the scent of ripe pineapple.



Blue Toadflax (Linaria canadensis).



Venus' Looking-glass (Specularia perfoliata).



Lots of Flower Flies (Family Syrphidae) on it.






Another kind of Flower Fly on Daisy Fleabane.



A very cool beetle.  Thanks to, I know it's a Slender Lizard Beetle (Acropteroxys gracilis) in the Family Erotylidae (the Pleasing Fungus Beetles).



It was on a stem of Spotted Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium maculatum).



Photography was tricky: everytime I approached, the beetle circled to the far side of the stem.  Eventually, I tricked it into returning by wiggling my free hand on the far side.



June 20th.  Some macro test shots using my Canon SX-50 with Raynox DCR-250 close-up lens and my "Art Vaughan" flash diffusion set up.  This grasshopper nymph was barely bigger than a single Yarrow flower.



A different nymph, but similar sized.



The head and pronotum of a Longhorned Beetle (Family Cerambycidae) on Yarrow.  A messy pollen eater.



Deptford Pink (Dianthus armeria).