Painted Skimmer dragonfly (teneral male)

A first-of-season Painted Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula semifasciata) was spotted on 26 May 2016 at Huntley Meadows Park.

A Painted Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula semifasciata) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a teneral male.

This individual is a teneral male, as indicated by its coloration and terminal appendages. Its faint wing spots will darken gradually during the next several days after emergence.

A Painted Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula semifasciata) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a teneral male.

My usual approach as a wildlife photographer is to “work the shot” from every angle. In this case, I didn’t want to spook the subject so I gradually moved as close as I dared and shot a time series of photos as the dragonfly changed its position slowly on the same stem of vegetation.

A Painted Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula semifasciata) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a teneral male.

A Painted Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula semifasciata) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a teneral male.

A Painted Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula semifasciata) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a teneral male.

Copyright © 2016 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

Advertisements

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

4 Responses to “Painted Skimmer dragonfly (teneral male)”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Stunning shots, Walter, of a very beautiful dragonfly. Your images show an amazing amount of the tiny details of the dragonfly.

  2. Top 10 Photos of 2016 | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] 26 MAY 2016 | Huntley Meadows Park | Painted Skimmer (teneral male) […]

  3. Peopoll’s Choice Awards – Top 10 Photos of 2016 | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] 26 MAY 2016 | Huntley Meadows Park | Painted Skimmer (teneral male) […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: