Banded Pennant dragonfly (male)

Several Banded Pennant dragonflies (Celithemis fasciata) were spotted during a photowalk around Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, including three males and a mating pair in wheel.

This individual is a male, as indicated by its coloration and terminal appendages. (Female Banded Pennants feature yellow spots along their abdomen.)

The color palette of the photographs complements the coloration of the Banded Pennant. The juxtaposition of man-made and natural objects is visually appealing. (Really, why is there a single piece of rebar sticking out of the pond?)

A Banded Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis fasciata) spotted at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

24 JUL 2015 | JMAWR | Banded Pennant (male)

Regular readers of my photoblog know I’m especially fond of head-tilts in which the dragonfly seems to display some of its personality.

A Banded Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis fasciata) spotted at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

24 JUL 2015 | JMAWR | Banded Pennant (male)

Look-out below…

A Banded Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis fasciata) spotted at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

24 JUL 2015 | JMAWR | Banded Pennant (male)

The following photo shows a Long-jawed Orb Weaver (Family Tetragnathidae) stalking the Banded Pennant. I was so focused on photographing the dragonfly I never noticed the “bonus bug” until I looked at the image on the big screen of my computer. In case anyone is concerned for the Banded Pennant’s welfare, it flew away when the spider was too close for comfort. Box score: Dragonflies (1); Spiders (0).

Editor’s Notes: Thanks to Dr. Edward Eder, a good friend and great amateur naturalist, for identifying the spider. Also, sincere thanks to Dr. Eder for giving me a heads-up when he spotted a Banded Pennant at Mulligan Pond recently.

Copyright © 2015 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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