Along the Air Line... 2019 - Summer, Part 9
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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August 10th. Young female Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos).



Wing feathers not developed enough for flight.



Two more, ditto.



Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta).






Female Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus).



Later, at Cranberry Bog, a male Slaty Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula incesta).






Great Golden Digger Wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus) on Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata).



Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) on Spotted Joe-Pye-weed (Eupatorium maculatum).












Peck's Skipper (Polites peckius).









Sweat Peas (Lathyrus odoratus) still blooming...



...though Japanese Beetles (Popillia japonica) are making a mess of many flowers.






Katydid nymph (Family Tettigoniidae). Note the short proto-wings.



August 11th. Round-headed Bush Clover (Lespedeza capitata).






Katydid nymph, I think one of the coneheads (Family Tettigoniidae, Subfamily Conocephalinae).



August 13th. Leaf-footed Bug (Family Coreidae, Acanthocephala terminalis). It gets its common name from the flattened leaf-like extensions of its hind tibiae. In some tropical species, those extensions are much larger and brightly colored. For instance, see this photo by Luis Miguel Constantino Chuaire:



August 14th. A better view of the flattened hind tibiae of yesterday's Leaf-footed Bug, which had barely moved.



The young female Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) were back on the same stumps as on August 10th (above).






Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) in full bloom. Camera sensor can't handle the true intense red of these flowers.




August 15th. A young (smallish) Green Frog (Rana clamitans).



August 21st. Asiatic Day-flower (Commelina communis) at Cranberry Bog.



Eastern Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa virginica). Note the mostly shiny abdomen, thorax, and head.



Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Nymph (Family Pentatomidae, Halyomorpha halys).



Male Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis).






August 22nd. A line up of preening Tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor).



Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias).






Red Maple (Acer rubrum) seedling in a most precarious place to sprout.






Several Northern Water Snakes (Nerodia sipedon) jumbled together.






Northern Paper Wasps (Polistes fuscatus).



August 26th. Rare sighting of a Great Egret (Ardea alba) at Raymond Brook Marsh.
























Hmm, pretty sure he wasn't aiming for the lily pad he "caught".









Far distant Belterd Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon).