Along the Air Line... 2020 - Summer, Part 3
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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Poke Milkweed (Asclepias exaltata).









A male Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus).






American Hazelnut (Corylus americana).



Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) exhibiting "gular flutter" a cooling behavior...



...which is simply explained and includes a brief video, here:









Pasture or Carolina Rose (Rosa carolina).



A Net-winged Beetle (Family Lycidae, best guess Calochromus perfacetus).



Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata).



Fragrant Water-lily (Nymphaea odorata) with attendant flies and...






July 1st. At a narrow cut-through to bypass Route 2. Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus).





















Black Raspberries (Rubus occidentalis),



Evening Lychnis (Lychnis alba) covered in tiny...



...Thrips (Order Thysanoptera). "Thrips" is both singular and pleural. One thrips, many thrips. Go figure.



Queen-Anne's Lace (Daucus carota) just opening its umbel of flowers.









Weevils on Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe).



They're Canada Thistle Bud Weevils (Larinus planus).



Introduced to control Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense), they also feed and reproduce on native thistles.