Halloween Pennant dragonfly (female)

A single Halloween Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis eponina) was spotted in a field located between the parking lot at the head-end of the Hike-Bike Trail at Huntley Meadows Park (HMP) and Dogue Creek. This individual is a female, as indicated by its coloration and terminal appendages; no males were spotted during the photowalk.

As the name “pennant” suggests, this female was flipping like a flag on a pole in a fresh breeze. Needless to say, the windy weather made it challenging to achieve tack-sharp photos! Here are the four best photos from a set of 45.

A Halloween Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis eponina) spotted near Dogue Creek, Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female.

05 AUG 2015 | HMP/Dogue Creek | Halloween Pennant (female)

A Halloween Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis eponina) spotted near Dogue Creek, Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female.

05 AUG 2015 | HMP/Dogue Creek | Halloween Pennant (female)

A Halloween Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis eponina) spotted near Dogue Creek, Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female.

05 AUG 2015 | HMP/Dogue Creek | Halloween Pennant (female)

A Halloween Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis eponina) spotted near Dogue Creek, Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female.

05 AUG 2015 | HMP/Dogue Creek | Halloween Pennant (female)

Copyright © 2015 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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One Response to “Halloween Pennant dragonfly (female)”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Spectacular dragonfly, Walter, and wonderful images. As you note, the way that this species perches on the very tip of tall, flimsy stalks makes it really tough to photograph well and you more than met the challenge.

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