First Banded Pennant dragonfly (male)

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).

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

24 JUL 2015 | JMAWR | Banded Pennant (male)

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

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

24 JUL 2015 | JMAWR | Banded Pennant (male)

I followed the same individual to several perches on different types of vegetation growing along the shoreline of Mulligan Pond.

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

24 JUL 2015 | JMAWR | Banded Pennant (male)

Is that a head-tilt in the following photo?

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

24 JUL 2015 | JMAWR | Banded Pennant (male)

See more photos of two other males spotted during the same outing.

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

24 JUL 2015 | JMAWR | Banded Pennant (male)

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

Copyright © 2015 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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