Surprise!

Common Sanddragon (Progomphus obscurus) is a member of the Clubtail Family of dragonflies that is spotted during June and July in mid-Atlantic United States like Virginia.

I thought I’d seen the last Common Sanddragons of 2015 in late June. Imagine my surprise when I saw one during the first week in August!

A Common Sanddragon dragonfly (Progomphus obscurus) spotted at Dogue Creek, Wickford Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male.

05 AUG 2015 | Wickford Park | Common Sanddragon (male)

This individual is a male, as indicated by his terminal appendages.

A Common Sanddragon dragonfly (Progomphus obscurus) spotted at Dogue Creek, Wickford Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male.

05 AUG 2015 | Wickford Park | Common Sanddragon (male)

He was perching on a sandy beach, facing the water, in the stream bed of Dogue Creek where it flows through Wickford Park.

A Common Sanddragon dragonfly (Progomphus obscurus) spotted at Dogue Creek, Wickford Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male.

05 AUG 2015 | Wickford Park | Common Sanddragon (male)

Notice the blue rock at the lower-right in the following photo. Azurite is a deep blue copper mineral produced by weathered copper ore, although I’m skeptical there are copper deposits located in/near Dogue Creek.

A Common Sanddragon dragonfly (Progomphus obscurus) spotted at Dogue Creek, Wickford Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male.

05 AUG 2015 | Wickford Park | Common Sanddragon (male)

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2 Responses to “Surprise!”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Beautiful shots, Walter, of one of my favorite dragonflies. The large amount of [rain] that fell in June flooded the areas where I was used to seeing them, so I didn’t get as many chances to observe them as I would have liked. It’s nice to see at least of one of the survivors held on into August.

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