A Banded Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis fasciata) was spotted during a photowalk around Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR). This is the first Banded Pennant I have seen in Virginia, although I have seen them in Maryland at New Marsh, Patuxent Research Refuge (North Tract).
This individual is a male, as indicated by its coloration and terminal appendages. (Female Banded Pennants feature yellow spots along their abdomen.)
I followed the same individual to several perches on different types of vegetation growing along the shoreline of Mulligan Pond.
Is that a head-tilt in the following photo?
See more photos of two other males spotted during the same outing.
Related Resources: Digital Dragonflies, presenting high-resolution digital scans of living dragonflies.
- Genus Celithemis | Celithemis fasciata | Banded Pennant | male | top view
- Genus Celithemis | Celithemis fasciata | Banded Pennant | male | side view
- Genus Celithemis | Celithemis fasciata | Banded Pennant | female | top view
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