Along the Air Line... 2023 - Summer, Part 14
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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September 3rd. Pale Beauty (Campaea perlata).



Another one nearby.



American Dagger Moth caterpillar (Acronicta americana) on Maple.



They can be white or yellow.



A Great Egret (Ardea alba); a rare treat at the marsh. Full telephoto and severely cropped to make it appear close.















False alarm; it didn't fly.



A team from DEEP were out on Sunday morning of a holiday weekend, filling the worst of the sinkholes encroaching on the trail.



Thank you!



A Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) seen through a teeny gap in trailside vegetation.



The Great Egret moved but was still as far away.















Wow, what a neck!









Off for real this time, heading in the general direction of the marsh east of Route 207.



September 4th. This is the view from my camera without zooming to telephoto. There's a Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) in the picture, perched on a dead tree in the middle of the little triangular view through the foliage.



Same view with maximum telephoto extension.



Medium crop for on-screen display.



Just about maximum crop. Note that all four photos were taken from the same spot. Love my little Canon PowerShot SX70 HS.



Different spot, partial zoom.



Full zoom.



I've been watching this spider web for a few days but until today, never saw the spider.



He's doing pretty well there. I see a moth wing and a Northern Flatid Planthopper (Anormenis chloris) behind him in the shade.



I say "He" because I see his expanded sperm transferring pedipalps beside his fangs.



A midday walk east from Cook Hill Road to the powerlines. A farmer was on a tractor turning his hay.









At the marsh, a Green Heron (Butorides virescens).






Heart-leaved American-aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium). The trail margins have been mowed so very few flowers to be found.



A female Short-winged Meadow Katydid (Conocephalus brevipennis).



September 5th. An afternoon stop at Cranberry Bog. Most of the summer flowers have gone by but a few things, like these Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus), are hanging around.









Two species in the Buckwheat family (Polygonaceae). The white one is Arrow-leaved Tearthumb (Persicaria sagittata). The pink one is Oriental Lady's-thumb Smartweed (Persicaria longiseta).









An Aster of some sort but I didn't get enough detail on leaves to identify it.






Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea maculosa).



I think this is a Spined Assassin Bug (Sinea diadema).



A pale nymph of the Jagged Ambush Bug (Phymata pennsylvanica). Note the swollen raptorial front legs.



One Turtlehead (Chelone glabra) plant in pretty rough shape.






A Damselfly. (I'll guess Enallagma sp.)