Along the Air Line... 2015 - Spring, Part 13
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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June 14th.  Carolina Roses (Rosa carolina) putting on a nice display this year.






Whorled Loosestrife (Lysimachia quadrifolia).









Goslings invisible in the tall sedges, but their location is obvious.



Later, the family came out for a tour of the marsh.  One gosling found a bit of shade.






They're growing fast.  (See previous page for comparison.)












June 17th.  Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodius).






A male Black-winged Damselfly (Calopteryx maculatum).



An afternoon walk east of Cook Hill Road in Lebanon. The marsh is still nearly dry but a few Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) were still around.






Lots of wildflowers and butterflies, starting with Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta).






Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) has started blooming...



...attracting Great Spangled Fritillaries (Speyeria cybele).



This fritillary is probably a male...



...picking up nutrients from animal dung.  These will be passed to the female with his sperm as part of a "nuptial gift" important for her fertility.



A Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) nectaring on Red Clover (Trifolium pratense).






Clover is really pretty close up.



What we see as a clover flower is really a cluster of much smaller flowers.



This is more obvious in Yellow Sweet Clover (Melilotus officinalis)...



...and the related Crown Vetch (Coronilla varia).






I saw several Monarch-mimic Viceroy butterflies (Limenitis archippus).









Territorial, so pretty easy to photograph: if you spook them, they soon return.



Juvenal's Duskywing skipper (Erynnis juvenalis) is also territorial.  This one was defending its territory by chasing Viceroys that came close.



Little Wood-Satyr (Megisto cymela).



Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta).



Cabbage White or European Cabbage Butterfly (Pieris rapae).



Water-hemlock (Cicuta maculata).






A wasp (Family Ichneumonidae?) on the Water Hemlock...



...and a Longhorn Beetle (Family Cerambycidae).



Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis).






Fleabane (Erigeron sp.).






English Plantain (Plantago lanceolata).



Poor-man's Pepper or Peppergrass (Lepidium virginicum).



Winterberry (Ilex verticillata).






Yellow-based Tussock Moth (Dasychira basiflava).



Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana).



June 20th.  Frostweed (Helianthemum canadense).



Common St. Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum).






Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) on its nest.