Along the Air Line... 2018 - Summer, Part 9
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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August 8th (continued).  A hot afternoon walk at Raymond Brook Marsh.  Lots of Hymenoptera active.  I'm pretty sure this is a Ground Hornet (Vespula vudia); in any case one of the Vespula Yellowjackets.



And this is a Blackjacket (Vespula consobrina).















Bald-faced Hornet (Dolichovespula maculata).



A Northern Paper Wasp (Polistes fuscatus).  This and the wasps above are all in the Family Vespidae, easily identified by the pleat-folded forewings.









A pair of Thread-waisted Wasps (Family Sphecidae) which I first noticed "flying united".



Lots of Honey Bees (Apis mellifera) foraging as well.



A Flesh Fly (Sarcophaga sp., perhaps S. aldrichi which parasitizes Forest Tent Caterpillars).



A Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis) showing its age with tattered wings.



I saw two immature female Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) barely showing stubby wings.






Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea) berries will feed birds soon.



Round-headed Bush Clover (Lespedeza capitata).












August 9th.  The Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) caterpillar found on willow has transformed to the chrysalis stage and should soon emerge as a butterfly.  An eye (bottom), antenna, and front wing are seen etched into the surface.  Abdomen with spiracles at the top; attached to the leaf by a button of silk.



Not obvious in these close-up views, but from a distance it looks a bit like a particularly goopy bird poop.






August 10th.  Woodland Sunflower (Helianthus divicariatus).






Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota)...



...and its dew-covered sticky seeds.






Bluecurls (Trichostema dichotomum).






Once more, Primrose Moth (Schinia florida) on Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis).



They've been more common this year than any year I can remember.



Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodius) on the hunt.



Stalking something.



Aborted without a strike.  This time the prey got away.



Lots more mushrooms.  I won't guess this one.



Maybe a Gilled Bolete (Phylloporus rhodoxanthus)?



American Caesar's Mushroom (Amanita caesarea).






August 12th. Young male Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) in the usual spot.



Carrion-flower (Smilax herbacea) berries.  They'll turn nearly back as they ripen.



I found four more Red Admiral (Limenitis archippus) caterpillars today.  This time on Aspen (Populus sp.).



They feed while sitting on a mat of silk.


















Close-up view of the head.  The three black dots are simple eyes or ocelli.



Three of the caterpillars were nearly full grown.  This, the fourth, was an early instar, about 1 centimeter long.



August 13th.  Fragrant Water-Lily (Nymphaea odorata).



Young female Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) on a favorite spot.



Young male Wood Duck (Aix sponsa).  Younger than the male photographed yesterday.






White-marked Tussock Moth (Orgyia leucostigma) caterpillar.






Exposed.  Nymph of a Leaf-footed Bug (Family Coreidae).



Pretty sure these are Cinnabar-red Chanterelles (Cantharellus cinnabarinus).