Reconnecting with old friends

Although the coloration of Banded Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis fasciata) is subtler than other members of the Genus Celithemis (Pennants), it is attractive nonetheless and one of a few species of odonates that I look forward to seeing every year.

A Banded Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis fasciata) spotted at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male.

26 JUN 2016 | JMAWR | Banded Pennant (male)

Two male Banded Pennants were spotted on 26 June 2016 at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR). One of the two males was unusually cooperative; he allowed me to move close enough to shoot some frame-filling photos such as the one shown above.

Banded Pennant terminal appendages

Male

Male dragonflies have three terminal appendages, collectively called “claspers,” that are used to grab and hold female dragonflies during mating: an upper pair of cerci (“superior appendages”) and a lower unpaired epiproct (“inferior appendage”).

A Banded Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis fasciata) spotted at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male.

26 JUN 2016 | JMAWR | Banded Pennant (male)

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

Female

The following female Banded Pennant was spotted on 21 June 2016 at Hidden Pond, Meadowood Recreation Area (MRA).

Female dragonflies have a pair of cerci (superior appendages) that have little or no function.

A Banded Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis fasciata) spotted at Hidden Pond, Meadowood Recreation Area, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female.

21 JUN 2016 | MRA | Banded Pennant (female)

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

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4 Responses to “Reconnecting with old friends”

  1. Sheldon Douglas L. Says:

    Am finding myself returning and following your blog with anticipatory excitement….seems to be a great learning tool for my early exploration of this fascinating realm. Thanks for your not inconsiderable expert efforts.

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