Along the Air Line... 2022 - Summer, Part 15
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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September 7th. Destroying Angel (Amanita virosa). Deadly.






A similar mushroom with a sticky cap.



After welcome rain, Grayville Falls is running, though far from as deep and full as I've seen it.





















Berries of Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana).



Green Bottle Fly (Family Calliphoridae, Lucilia sericata).



Several Stable Flies (Family Muscidae, Stomoxys calcitrans) landed on my white truck.



Similar to House Flies (Musca domestica) which feed by sponging up liquids, Stable Flies have piercing mouthparts and feed on blood.
Read about them here:
There are stables less than 100 yards from where I took these photos. Not a coincidence.



Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) with a pale pink Smartweed (Persicaria sp.) in the background.



The only Cardinal Flower plant I've seen this year; most were a victim of drought.



Closed Gentian (Gentiana andrewsii).



September 8th. Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) at Day Meadow Brook pond off River Road.



























Semaphore signals?





















September 9th. At Cranberry Bog, a bit of Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus) still blooming.



Brown Knapweed (Lathyrus odoratus).



It can be distinguished from other Knapweed species by the spreading, fringed brown bracts.



American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas).



Arrow Tearthumb (Persicaria sagittata in the Buckwheat Family Polygonaceae).



Downward facing spines on the stems and leaf midveins earn it the common name.



September 10th. An early sign of Fall in a Red Maple (Acer rubrum). I suspect more a sign of drought than of the change of seasons.



September 11th. One Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias).



I'm done guessing Mushroom IDs...



...except for this distinctive Giant Puffball (Calvatia gigantea).



Still some Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) blooming.



Turtlehead (Chelone glabra).



Wild Lettuce (Lactuca canadensis) seed head.



Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota) still blooming where it had regrown after a mowing awhile back.



Random feather with dew.



Crane Fly (Tipula sp.).






Green Stink Bug (Chinavia hilaris).



September 12th. Yesterday's Giant Puffball (Calvatia gigantea) has been torn apart by... something.