Along the Air Line... 2017 - Summer, Part 2
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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June 22nd. An afternoon stop at Cranberry Bog.  No sign of geese or ducks.  Probably resting in the shade somewhere.  Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus).












Crown Vetch (Coronilla varia).






Knapweed (Centaurea sp.).



Wild Madder, a Bedstraw (Galium mollugo).



Scentless Plant Bug (Harmostes reflexulus).



June 23rd.  Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) has begun to bloom.






Common Yellowthroat warbler (Geothlypis trichas) fledgeling.  (Thanks Russ for the confirmation.)






June 24th.  Poke Milkweed (Asclepias exaltata).









Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca).



Hard to see, but the two flowers at the left have teeny yellow Thrips (Order Thysanoptera) on them.  And note the beetle, upper right.






Spreading Dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium).



Seven Thrips (Order Thysanoptera) on this Deptford Pink.



Three Thrips in this close view.  (Note: Thrips is singular and plural.  One thrips, two thrips.)



Common St. Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum) with an inchworm (Family Geometridae).






Black Medick (Medicago lupulina), a clover.  It trails along the ground.



Morrow's Honeysuckle (Lonicera morowii) berries are beginning to ripen.



Beardtongue (Penstemon sp.)






Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodius) amid Pickerelweed.



Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata).



A Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax) has lost portions of the hind wings to a bird attack.



Female Common Whitetail dragonfly (Plathemis lydia).



Mature and near mature Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar) caterpillars congregating on tree trunks where they normally would pupate - but most of these caterpillars are flaccid husks, killed by disease.



A female Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) sharing a stump with a Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta).



June 26th.  Can't get enough of Poke Milkweed (Asclepias exaltata).



Ahh, a belly-up dead Gypsy Moth caterpillar (Lymantria dispar).



A very lucky shot.  (I had no idea it wasn't perched when I took the photo.)    Good demo of the way Odonata hold theit spiny legs forward as a basket to trap prey.



Pretty sure it's a male Slender Spreadwing damselfly (Lestes rectangularis).



A Long-legged Fly (Family Dolichopodidae, Condylostylus sp.).



The first Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele) I've seen this year.






It gets its name from the large silver markings on the hind wings.



A tiny window-winged moth (Family Thyrididae), specifically the Spotted Thyris (Thyris maculata) on Fleabane.