Windshield wipers

Autumn Meadowhawk dragonflies (Sympetrum vicinum) are the …

Latest species to fly in northern parts of range, usually until first heavy frosts. Able to maintain activity by constant basking in sun. Source Credit: Paulson, Dennis (2011-12-19). Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East (Princeton Field Guides) (Kindle Locations 10703-10704). Princeton University Press. Kindle Edition.

The following female was spotted at Huntley Meadows Park on 06 November 2013. She appears to be grooming while perching on the warm surface of the boardwalk, using her front legs to wipe her eyes and face.

Related Resources: Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (female, breathing and grooming), featuring an embedded YouTube video (0:30). See also Dragonfly grooming, a YouTube video (2:26) featuring a male Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis).

Copyright © 2013 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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2 Responses to “Windshield wipers”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Fascinating shots–you manage to catch such interesting activity by looking really closely. It’s great to see that there are still a few hardy dragonflies around.

  2. waltersanford Says:

    Thanks, Mike! It helps to use a fast shutter speed and fill flash to freeze the action.

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