Uncommonly cooperative Common Baskettail

Common Baskettail (Epitheca cynosura) was spotted on 24 May 2016 during a photowalk around Mulligan Pond at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge.

A Common Baskettail dragonfly (Epitheca cynosura) spotted at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male.

This individual is a male, as indicated by its terminal appendages.

A Common Baskettail dragonfly (Epitheca cynosura) spotted at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male.

Some segments of the lake shoreline were patrolled by a single male Common Baskettail dragonfly, like the one featured in this photo set. Common Baskettails are fliers rather than perchers. I noticed this individual would fly back-and-forth for 10s of minutes, then pause to perch for a while — never longer than a minute-or-so.

A Common Baskettail dragonfly (Epitheca cynosura) spotted at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male.

I staked out a position near the center of the male’s patrol route and waited for him to land. Although he never landed in the same spot, all of the perches were confined to a relatively small area.

A Common Baskettail dragonfly (Epitheca cynosura) spotted at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male.

My front-row seat had an obstructed view for the last shot. Soon afterward, the dragonfly simply disappeared. But hey, it was a good show while it lasted!

A Common Baskettail dragonfly (Epitheca cynosura) spotted at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male.

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4 Responses to “Uncommonly cooperative Common Baskettail”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Persistence pays off. It can be frustrating to wait for a flier to perch or to try to capture one in flight. Nice job in capturing this baskettail–even if he is cooperative, he won’t press the shutter button for you.

  2. Changing of the guard | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] Pond was patrolled by Common Baskettail dragonflies (Epitheca cynosura) during May 2016. [See Uncommonly cooperative Common Baskettail.] A changing of the guard occurred sometime since my last […]

  3. Common Baskettail dragonfly (female) | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] shoreline of Mulligan Pond was patrolled actively by male Common Baskettail dragonflies during late-May 2016. It’s worth noting that no male Common Baskettails were spotted during my photowalk around […]

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