More photos of an old friend

A distinctive Great Spreadwing damselfly (Archilestes grandis) was spotted at a remote location in Huntley Meadows Park (HMP). This individual is a male, as indicated by his coloration and terminal appendages. I nicknamed this male Great Spreadwing “Bendy Straw” because of his slightly malformed abdomen.

A Great Spreadwing damselfly (Archilestes grandis) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male, nicknamed "Bendy Straw."

11 OCT 2015 | HMP | Great Spreadwing (male, nicknamed “Bendy Straw”)

Notice the bend in his abdomen at the boundary between segments seven and eight (S7 and S8). Remember that all dragonflies and damselflies have a 10-segmented abdomen, numbered from front to back.

A Great Spreadwing damselfly (Archilestes grandis) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male, nicknamed "Bendy Straw."

11 OCT 2015 | HMP | Great Spreadwing (male, nicknamed “Bendy Straw”)

I met “Bendy Straw” on 11 October 2015; I never saw “Bendy” again, although Mike Powell photographed him on 16 October.

Copyright © 2015 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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