Mocha Emerald dragonflies (males)

The following gallery shows Mocha Emerald dragonflies (Somatochlora linearis) spotted on 25 July 2012 perching along an intermittent stream running through the “Wildlife Sanctuary,” one of seven small parks owned and maintained by the Community Association of Hollin Hills, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. These individuals are males, as indicated by their terminal appendages.

Mocha Emerald dragonflies seem to prefer shady spots, unlike most odonates, so be sure to bring a flash-equipped camera when you go hunting Mochas. And be sure to wear your Bug Shirt and Pants — mosquitos like shady spots too!

Copyright © 2014 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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