Archive for July, 2013

Common Baskettail dragonfly (female)

July 3, 2013

The following dragonfly was spotted in an open field along the trail to Hidden Pond, a small lake located at Meadowood Recreation Area in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. I think this individual is either a Common Baskettail (Epitheca cynosura) or Slender Baskettail (Epitheca costalis). Expert opinions are invited and welcome!

Unknown Baskettail dragonfly (Epitheca sp.) Unknown Baskettail dragonfly (Epitheca sp.)

Editor’s Note: According to Ed Lam, author and illustrator of Damselflies of the Northeast, this individual is more likely a Common Baskettail dragonfly and definitely a female. Thanks for your help, Ed!

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Eastern Forktail damselfly (male)

July 1, 2013

The following photo shows a male Eastern Forktail damselfly (Ischnura verticalis) spotted along “Great Blue Heron Trail,” Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge, a 1,200 acre preserve located at Army Garrison Fort Belvoir, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Eastern Forktails are somewhat similar in appearance to Fragile Forktail damselfies (Ischnura posita).

Eastern Forktail damselfly (male)

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