Along the Air Line... 2014 - Summer, Part 6
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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August 20th.  Late afternoon at the marsh.  A Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) butterfly's caterpillar feeding on Willow.  A spiny bird poop mimic: odd combination.



Carrion-flower (Smilax herbacea) berries are ripening.  Soon they will be blue-black.



An earth-boring Scarab Beetle (Geotrupes sp., probably G. semiopacus).



A Sharpshooter (In the Leafhopper family Cicadellidae; Graphocephela sp.) on Great Ragweed (Ambrosia trifida).



August 21st.  Mid-day, east of Route 207.  Hops (Humulus lupulus) grow over a boulder at the trail crossing.






A Yellow-jacket Wasp (Vespula maculifrons).



NOT a Yellow-jacket, but a harmless fly mimic of one.  (Family Syrphidae)



A Fritillary and Bumblebee sharing a Thistle.



The Fritillary is old in butterfly days.



The marsh east of Route 207.



Meadow-rue (Thalictrum sp.) has turned to its fall color.






One of the early Asters.



Oddly colored Beach leaves.



Field Milkwort (Polygala sanguinia).






Hog-peanut (Amphicarpa bracteata).









Indian Tobacco (Lobelia inflata).



Wild Sensitive-Plant (Cassia nictitans).









One of the Smartweeds (Polygonum sp.).






Pickerel Frog (Rana palustris).






Fruits of False Solomon's-seal (Smilacina racemosa).



Bluecurls (Trichostema dichotomum).






Mating Ambush Bugs (Family Phymatidae; Phymata sp.) on Goldenrod.



Bumblebee on invasive Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria).



Lots of Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) where the trail crosses the power lines.












Cardinal Flower and Joe-Pye-weed.



Chestnut at the Route 207 crossing.



August 22nd.  Joe-Pye-weed and Goldenrod edge Cranberry Bog in East Hampton.



Invasive (but pretty) Purple Loosestrife and white Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum).



Lots of insect activity on the Joe-Pye-weed.  Honeybee (Apis mellifera).



An inchworm (Family Geometridae).



A Sweat Bee (Family Halictidae, Agapostemon sp.).



A mated pair of Goldenrod Soldier Beetles (Family Cantharidae; Chauliognathus pensylvanicus).  Orange specks are phoretic mites, along for a ride.



An Ambush Bug Family Phymatidae; Phymata sp.).  Note the nasty grasping front leg.



A male Peachtree Borer (Synanthedon exitiosa).  A moth that impersonates a wasp.






A Sheld Bug nymph.



A few Sweet Peas hanging in there; late in their season.



Groundnut (Apios americana).