Along the Air Line... 2022 - Spring, Part 18
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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May 31st. A male Common Whitetail Dragonfly (Plathemis lydia). Often the male abdomen is coated in pruinose white - a wax I think.



They're territorial and return to the same perch between sorties after prey.



Back again.



A male Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly (Calopteryx maculatum). Female is pictured on the previous page.



In the male, note the metallic green body and lack of the white patches present at the wing tips of females.



A male Hobomoc Skipper (Poanes hobomoc).



They're territorial too, though they rest in various places within the territory.






A female Ichneumon parasitic wasp (Family Ichneumonidae). Note the long ovipositor.



The "leks" of male Pollinia labialis flies are gathering. Right on time! Read all about them by scrolling down to near the bottom of this page:









June 2nd. Great Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) at the Route 85 trailhead. Only a few plants and I know no other place where it grows. It will get to be 5 or 6 feet tall.



Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora) is blooming and the scent is wonderful.















(Just a little closer.)



A short afternoon walk at Cranberry Bog. A pair of Canada Geese (Branta canadensis), but not the pair with goslings. I didn't see them.









Several cows on the west side of Smith Street... a very mucky yard bordered by electric fence. In wet weather, their waste flows out onto the trail.



This is one of at least four Eastern Chipmunks (Tamias striatus) on the trail near there.
























Blue-eyed Grass (Iris Family, Iridaceae, Sisyrinchium sp.).















Slender Vetch (Vicia tetrasperma). I think this is the first time I've seen it. It's teeny and easily overlooked.



In the Pea Family, Fabaceae.



Black Knapweed (Centaurea nigra).









Dame's-rocket (Hesperis matronalis) comes in at least three colors, all growing together.









Common Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus).






Yarrow (Achillea millifolium).






Note the feathery leaves.



Some Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is in flower.