The following photos show two Painted Skimmer dragonflies (Libellula semifasciata) spotted on 23 May 2014 near a vernal pool in a relatively remote location in the forest at Huntley Meadows Park. Both individuals are females, as indicated by their terminal appendages.
Like many species of dragonflies in the Skimmer Family, the Painted Skimmer usually perches on four of six legs, with the two front legs curled around its head.
The first photo is one of my all-time favorites, he said, not too modestly. The color, clarity, and composition are first-rate, in my opinion.
Two shots of another female, perching in a field of grass.
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