Common Baskettail dragonfly (female)

A Common Baskettail dragonfly (Epitheca cynosura) was spotted at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge. This individual is a female, as indicated by her rounded hind wings and simple, straight terminal appendages.

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

26 JUN 2016 | JMAWR | Common Baskettail (female)

The 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 the pond approximately one month later.

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3 Responses to “Common Baskettail dragonfly (female)”

  1. Sarah Longes - Mirador Design Says:

    What a stunning creature!!

    • waltersanford Says:

      Thanks, Sarah! Does this one appeal to you more than some of the more colorful dragonflies I have posted recently?

      • Sarah Longes - Mirador Design Says:

        I think it’s the colours of this that appeal so much to me! My favourite colours for certain but I also love the delicate shading and blending of the tones on the abdomen. So often the colours are divided in bands and shapes but she could almost have been painted in watercolours 🙂

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