Along the Air Line... 2018 - Spring, Part 13
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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June 7th.  Barred Owl (Strix varia) just east of Old Colchester Road in Hebron.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green-winged Stonefly (Family Perlodidae, probably Isoperla bilineata).

 

 

An afternoon stop at the trail leading to the Blackledge River Bridge carrying the Air Line Trail.

 

 

 

 

 

Rough-fruited Cinquefoil (Potentilla recta).

 

 

I won't try to ID the bee.

 

 

 

 

 

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense).

 

 

The inflorescence is made up of many small flowers, each beautiful in ts own right.

 

 

 

 

 

Hemiptera but I don't have an ID off-hand; however, note at least three tiny black Thrips (Order Thysanoptera).  (Thrips is both singular and plural.)

 

 

A mated pair of Jagged Ambush Bugs (Phymata pennsylvanica).  Strange beasts.

 

 

A Long-legged Fly (Family Dolichopodidae).

 

 

A Speedwell (Veronica sp.).

 

 

 

 

 

I think this moth is an Orange Virbia (Virbia aurantiaca).  There were lots of them flying this afternoon.

 

 

Pearl Crescents (Phyciodes tharos).

 

 

 

 

 

Silvery Cinquefoil (Potentilla argentea).

 

 

A brief stop at the pond where the Air Line Trail crosses River Road.  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) on Dame's Rocket (Hesperis matronalis).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodius) in the outflow marsh across the trail from the pond.

 

 

 

 

 

White Campion or Evening Lychnis (Silene latifolia).

 

 

June 8th.  Leaf-footed Bug (Acanthocephala terminalis).

 

 

Carrion-flower (Smilax herbacea).

 

 

Spreading to find attachments for its tendrils and climb.

 

 

A late morning walk from the Route 149 crossing in Colchester west to the Blackledge River Bridge, and return.  White Clover (Trifolium repens).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Campion or Evening Lychnis (Silene latifolia).

 

 

Dame's Rocket (Hesperis matronalis).

 

 

An ancient (in butterfly years) Sliver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus).  Note the scales rubbed off its thorax.

 

 

A Soldier Beetle (Family Cantharidae; probably Podabrus sp.).

 

 

And he's off.

 

 

False Crocus Geometer (Xanthotype urticaria).

 

 

A Speedwell (Veronica sp.).

 

 

Yellow Sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis).

 

 

 

 

 

Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta).

 

 

 

 

 

Great Solomon's-seal (Polygonatum canaliculatum).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis).

 

 

 

 

 

Common Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partridgeberry (Mitchella repens) in bud.  The best patch of it I've ever seen...

 

 

...in a rock cut half way between River Road and the Blackledge River Bridge.  Poison Ivy protecting it from the unwary.

 

 

Looking down from the Blackledge River Bridge, is that Multiflora Rose on the left bank?

 

 

No!  It's Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia).  This photo taken from the same spot as the last one.  (Thank you Canon SX60 HD.)

 

 

A Bramble (Rubus sp.).

 

 

White Campion or Evening Lychnis (Silene latifolia).

 

 

A female Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon).