Unusual viewpoints

A single Halloween Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis eponina) was spotted in a field located near Dogue CreekHuntley Meadows Park (HMP). This individual is a female, as indicated by its coloration and terminal appendages; no males were spotted during the photowalk.

A Halloween Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis eponina) spotted near Dogue Creek, Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female with a mild infestation of black water mites.

10 JUL 2015 | HMP | Halloween Pennant (female)

The photos in this set were taken on a very windy day. The wind was blowing so hard the dragonfly struggled to hold onto her perch, as shown in the next photo when the pennant was almost flipped upside-down.

Notice the dragonfly has a mild infestation of parasitic black water mites.

A Halloween Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis eponina) spotted near Dogue Creek, Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female with a mild infestation of black water mites.

10 JUL 2015 | HMP | Halloween Pennant (female)

(See a full-size version of the preceding photo, without annotation.)

Digital Dragonflies: presenting high-resolution digital scans of living dragonflies.

  • Genus Celithemis | Celithemis eponina | Halloween Pennant | female | top view
  • Genus Celithemis | Celithemis eponina | Halloween Pennant | female | side view
  • Genus Celithemis | Celithemis eponina | Halloween Pennant | male | top view
  • Genus Celithemis | Celithemis eponina | Halloween Pennant | male | side view

Copyright © 2015 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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3 Responses to “Unusual viewpoints”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Gorgeous shots, Walter, of one of our most photogenic dragonfly species. The wing patterns and the two-tone eyes really grab our attention. I think you know it already, but I have a particular fondness for the head-on shot, like the first shot.

    • waltersanford Says:

      We were “extreme photowalking” together when I shot the face-on photo, Mike. I spotted this beauty when you wandered off on a tangent. Thought of you then and again when I wrote the post.

  2. Charlie@Seattle Trekker Says:

    Gorgeous wing colors, the photos are amazing.

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