Along the Air Line... 2022 - Summer, Part 6
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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July 19th. A couple of stops along River Road, adjacent to the trail. American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas).












Goldenrod (Solidago sp.).



Goldenrod Stem Gall, home to a Goldenrod Gall Fly (Eurosta solidaginis).
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Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea maculosa).



Dun Skipper (Euphyes vestris).






Knapweed Seedhead-feeding Weevils (Larinus obtusus). Learn about it here:






Snowberry Clearwing moth (Hemaris diffinis).



Wings beat so fast, like a Hummingbird's, that they're very hard to photograph.



Bumble Bees (Family Bombidae) on Sumac (Rhus sp.).






Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias).









Banded Longhorn Beetle (Typocerus velutinus) on Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota).












Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria).



American Hazelnut (Corylus americana). Nuts develop enclosed in leafy bracts. Learn more here:



July 20th. White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus), doe with two fawns. (And a grooming Great Blue Heron in the foreground.)






"Teenaged" male Wood Duck (Aix sponsa).



Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura).



The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is done grooming and has begun "Yoga pose" sun worship.



A brief stop at the Route 207 crossing. Hedge Bindweed (Convolvulus sepium).






Long-legged Fly (Condylostylus sp.).



Nifty metallic green body.



Chicory (Cichorium intybus).



Note the thick cakes of Chicory pollen on this Bumble Bee's hind legs.






A female Flower Fly (Toxomerus geminatus).



A male Common Pondhawk dragonfly (Erythemis simplicicollis).



July 21st. Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) on its grooming perch. Note the white fluff on beak and stump.



July 22nd. On what promises to be another very hot day, the Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) strikes its "Yoga pose".









Back to grooming.



Asiatic Dayflower (Commelina communis).