To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before (Part 2)

This is the second installment in a three-part series featuring some of my favorite photos of female dragonflies spotted while photowalking Huntley Meadows Park during Fall 2014.

The following photos show a Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum ambiguum) spotted on 17 October 2014 near a vernal pool in a relatively remote location in the forest. This individual is a heteromorph female, as indicated by its coloration and terminal appendages.

Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (heteromorph female)

Female Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies are polymorphic: heteromorphs are duller in color than males; andromorphs are male-like in color.

Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (heteromorph female)

Both female morphs feature the same distinctive blue eye coloration as males.

Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (heteromorph female)

Mike Powell, fellow wildlife photographer and blogger, spotted this dragonfly while I was shooting photos of a male Great Spreadwing damselfly (Archilestes grandis) perching on thigh-high grasses a few yards away. I joined Mike after my subject flew away.

I don’t recall seeing Mike’s photos of this dragonfly. Perhaps it’s time for another installment of “Two sides to every story.” The ball is in your court, Mike.

Copyright © 2014 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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4 Responses to “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before (Part 2)”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Wonderful shots, Walter. I had forgotten about this female dragonfly in my excitement over seeing the Great Spreadwing damselfly. Let me look back through my shots–I am not sure I have ever reviewed them other than cursorily.

  2. Flashback to fall | Mike Powell Says:

    […] day, however, fellow photographer and blogger (and local dragonfly expert) Walter Sanford did a blog posting with photos of a female Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum ambiguum) that both of us […]

  3. Mike Powell Says:

    Reblogged this on Mike Powell and commented:
    Fellow photographer and blogger Walter Sanford and I both photographed this female Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly on 17 October and decided to do companion postings again, showing our different approaches to photographing the same subject.

  4. narhvalur Says:

    Reblogged this on Ann Novek( Luure)–With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors.

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