Along the Air Line... 2020 - Summer, Part 7
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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July 15th. An ornamental Day-lily variety of Hemerocalis fulva at the Route 85 trailhead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bouncing Bet (Saponaria officinalis).

 

 

 

 

 

This one with an Oriental Beetle (Anomala orientalis), ubiquitous this summer.

 

 

Meadowsweet (Spiraea alba).

 

 

A Banded Longhorn Beetle (Typocerus velurinus) on the meadowsweet.

 

 

Green Frog (Rana clamitans). Thanks to the couple who pointed it out to me. It was well camouflaged.

 

 

Buttonbush or Honey-balls (Cephalanthus occidentalis). (Note the spider at the lower left.)

 

 

Attractive to Bumble Bees (Family Bombidae)...

 

 

...Honey Bees (Apis mellifera)...

 

 

...and Flower Flies (Family Syrphidae), among other insects.

 

 

This one is Toxomeris geminatus. The larvae eat aphids.

 

 

July 16th. A male Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)...

 

 

...and the female, carrying a leaf fragment.

 

 

 

 

 

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) at Raymond Brook Marsh.

 

 

 

 

 

Another common Flower Fly (Toxomeris geminatus) on Chicory at the Route 207 crossing.

 

 

Another (or the same?) Great Blue Heron just east of Route 207.

 

 

July 29th. Back from 11 days in New Hampshire. Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Stinkpot (Sternothaerus odoratus).

 

 

The first Monarch (Danaus plexippus) I've seen this year.

 

 

 

 

 

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) in dense fog over the marsh.

 

 

A little later, closer, and a different angle.

 

 

 

 

 

The double variety of Orange Daylily (Hemerocallis fulva) is still blooming.

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Pepperrbush (Clethra alnifolia). Wonderful aroma.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota) and Chicory (Cichorium intybus) at the Route 207 crossing.

 

 

 

 

 

August 1st. The usual Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) in the usual spot.

 

 

Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata) and Fragrant Water-lily (Nymphaea odorata).

 

 

Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus).

 

 

Bumble Bees (Family Bombidae) were busy on it.

 

 

Sticky seed pods ("ticks") of invasive Showy Tick Trerfoil (Desmodium canadense).