Halloween Pennant dragonfly (female)

The following photos show a Halloween Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis eponina) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park. This individual is a female, as indicated by its terminal appendages.

Please look at the full-size version of each photo in order to appreciate the rich colors and sharp detail in each image.

A Halloween Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis eponina) spotted near Dogue Creek, Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female with a mild infestation of black water mites.

29 JUN 2015 | Huntley Meadows Park | Halloween Pennant (female)

I like the fiery highlights that appear on the dragonfly’s wings, shown above.

A Halloween Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis eponina) spotted near Dogue Creek, Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female with a mild infestation of black water mites.

29 JUN 2015 | Huntley Meadows Park | Halloween Pennant (female)

The following perching position is what one odonate expert calls “perching with wings elevated,” considered to be the typical pose for this species.

A Halloween Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis eponina) spotted near Dogue Creek, Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female with a mild infestation of black water mites.

29 JUN 2015 | Huntley Meadows Park | Halloween Pennant (female)

This individual has a mild infestation of parasitic black water mites. See a full-size version of the following photo, annotated to highlight the water mite attached to the dragonfly’s thorax.

A Halloween Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis eponina) spotted near Dogue Creek, Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female with a mild infestation of black water mites.

29 JUN 2015 | Huntley Meadows Park | Halloween Pennant (female)

The next photo is my favorite in the set. The muted colors in the soft bokeh background seem to match the Halloween Pennant’s coloration perfectly.

A Halloween Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis eponina) spotted near Dogue Creek, Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female with a mild infestation of black water mites.

29 JUN 2015 | Huntley Meadows Park | Halloween Pennant (female)

Wings level and trim…

A Halloween Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis eponina) spotted near Dogue Creek, Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female with a mild infestation of black water mites.

29 JUN 2015 | Huntley Meadows Park | Halloween Pennant (female)

“Perching with wings elevated,” again.

A Halloween Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis eponina) spotted near Dogue Creek, Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female with a mild infestation of black water mites.

29 JUN 2015 | Huntley Meadows Park | Halloween Pennant (female)

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6 Responses to “Halloween Pennant dragonfly (female)”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Wow. What a great set of images of this gorgeous dragonfly. Some dragonflies perch in one spot and do not move, but this one seemed to act like a model, giving you pose after pose. My favorite is the penultimate image–I love to be eye-to-eye with a dragonfly.

    • waltersanford Says:

      Thanks, Mike! I must say I’m quite pleased with this photo set. Figured you’d like the photo that seems to say, “Here’s looking at you, kid.”

  2. christy turner Says:

    Great shots Walter!

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