Along the Air Line... 2015 - Summer, Part 9
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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August 26th. Another Earth-boring Dung Beetle (Geotrupes splendidus), found within a few yards of where I found one several weeks ago.



After photos, it quickly burrowed out of sight.






August 27th.  An early afternoon walk at Cranberry Bog in East Hampton.  A wasp-mimetic Black Locust Borer (Megacyllene robiniae), one of two on Goldenrod (Solidago sp.).















Goldenrod blossoms with dark centers (a bit past prime).



Touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis).






Broad-leaved Arrowhead (Saggitaria latifolia).






A male Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis).



The invasive Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria).



A bedragled Silver-Spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) on Sweet Pea.



One of the early Asters, probably New York Aster (Symphyotrichum novi-belgii).



Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea maculosa).



An inchworm or looper (Family Geometridae).



Spotted Joe-Pye-weed (Eupatorium maculatum).



White Snakeroot (Eupatorium rugosum) or a closely related "Thoroughwort" species.






Portrait of a goat.  One of two kept just east of Cranberry Bog.









II don't have a reliable ID for this grasshopper, sorry.



Dodder (Cuscuta gronovii), a parasitic plant.



August 29th.  A single plant mostly hidden by shrubs and only revealed by recent mowing, this looks like Purple False Foxglove (Agalinus purpurea).  Older sources place it in the genus Gerardia.  Hard to distinguish from Small-flower False Foxglove (A. paupercula) but much evidence today points to the latter being simply a variation of A. purpurea.






August 30th.  Humidity fog over the marsh shortly after dawn.
























Three very similar views.









Giant Reed (Phragmites australis) is taking over more of the marsh, not to mention obstructing the views.






A flock of Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) "berrying" not far from Old Colchester Road.



Immature coloration.












Acorns nearly mature.



Downy Yellowjacket (Vespula flavopilosa), discovered in 1978.  Queens of this species kill queens of other yellowjackets and take over their nests.






A difference between the sexes in many flies:  Male at left has eyes meeting at the top of the head; female at right has eyes widely separated.



September 1st.  Cranberry Bog in East Hampton.



Camera-shy Grasshopper - rotated to be behind the stem, always opposite my position.



Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele).



At the little barnyard just east of Cranberry Bog.






The other goat, campanion to the one I photographed recently.