Along the Air Line... 2014 - Spring, Part 8
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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June 7th.  Female Snapping Turtles (Chelydra serpentina) are busy burying their eggs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos).

 

 

June 11th.  A female Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia) incubating eggs.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first Pasture Rose (Rosa carolina) I've seen this year.

 

 

 

 

 

Multiflora Roses (Rosa multiflora) have been in bloom for a few days.  I pick up a hint of citrus in their strong scent.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus).

 

 

 

 

 

One of ther Hawkweeds (Hieracium sp.).  Flower not fully open.

 

 

A Jumping Spider (Family Salticidae) on Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum).

 

 

Bud and backside of Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum).

 

 

The cocoon of a moth lightly attached to a grass stem.  I see some yellow hairs from the caterpillar amid the silk but ID, if any, will have to wait for the moth to emerge.

 

 

June 12th.  Female Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)  high-steppin' across the trail, seeking soft earth to bury its eggs.

 

 

June 14th.  White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus), far across the marsh.

 

 

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodius), almost up to itrs armpits.

 

 

June 15th.  Lots of insects sunning on this breezy, 52 degree mid-June day.  This is a Little Wood-Satyr (Megisto cymela).

 

 

 

 

 

A male Black-winged Damselfly, (Calopteryx maculatum).

 

 

The female Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia) continues to incubate eggs.

 

 

Ox-eye Daisies (Chrysanthemum leucathemum).

 

 

 

June 17th.  Lots of activity at the Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) nest, thbough not much of a view through the leaves.

 

 

 

 

 

A female Wood Duck (Aix sponsa).  Ducklings in the box, I assume.

 

 

A female Fragile Forktail damselfly (Ischnura posita) resting on Pasture Rose.

 

 

First Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) I've seen in bloom.

 

 

Sorry for the motion blur.  This is a male Purseweb Spider (Sphodros sp., probably S. niger).

 

 

June 18th.  Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata).  Camera shy.

 

 

 

 

 

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca).

 

 

Freshly opened, their winged pollinia are still in place.

 

 

 

 

 

June 19th.  Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus).

 

 

Their burrow exit holes are often right in the middle of the trail.

 

 

The female Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia) continues to incubate eggs.  When will the chicks start demanding food?  (I hope there are chicks and not just a single cowbird egg.)

 

 

Deptford Pink (Dianthus armeria).

 

 

A Hawkweed (Hieracium sp.)

 

 

A lighter colored Pasture Rose (Rosa carolina).

 

 

White Swamp Azalea (Rhododendron viscosum).

 

 

Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata).

 

 

Spreading Dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium).

 

 

 

 

 

Whorled Loosestrife (Lysimachia quadrifolia).

 

 

Whats hiding under a loosestrife leaf?

 

 

A Deer Fly (Chrysops sp.).

 

 

Bastard Toadflax (Comandra umbellata).  Nothing personal; that's its name.

 

 

Still wet from this morning's rain.

 

 

Any guesses?  Scroll down...

 

 

They're fresh "holdfasts" of Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) as it climbs tree trunks.

 

 

A pair of Leaf-rolling Weevils (Homoeolabis analis)  Family Attelabidae.

 

 

Larvae develop in rolled leaves of Oak.

 

 

A Harvestman or Daddy-long-legs (Family Phalangiidae).

 

 

Note eyes on a "turret" atop the body.

 

 

A Damselfly; most likely an older female Eastern Forktail (Ischnura verticalis).