Banded Pennant dragonflies (mating pair)

A mating pair of Banded Pennant dragonflies (Celithemis fasciata) was spotted at Hidden Pond, Meadowood Recreation Area (MRA). This pair is “in wheel.”

A mating pair of Banded Pennant dragonflies (Celithemis fasciata) spotted at Hidden Pond, Meadowood Recreation Area, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This pair is "in wheel."

02 JUL 2016 | MRA | Banded Pennant (mating pair, in wheel)

All dragonflies and damselflies have a 10-segmented abdomen, numbered from front to back: male dragonfly secondary genitalia, called hamules, are located in segments two and three (S2 and S3); female genitalia in segment eight (S8). Dragonflies form the mating wheel in order for their genitalia to connect during copulation.

A mating pair of Banded Pennant dragonflies (Celithemis fasciata) spotted at Hidden Pond, Meadowood Recreation Area, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This pair is "in wheel."

02 JUL 2016 | MRA | Banded Pennant (mating pair, in wheel)

Therefore, the male is on top; the female is on the bottom.

A mating pair of Banded Pennant dragonflies (Celithemis fasciata) spotted at Hidden Pond, Meadowood Recreation Area, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This pair is "in wheel."

02 JUL 2016 | MRA | Banded Pennant (mating pair, in wheel)

A mating pair of Banded Pennant dragonflies (Celithemis fasciata) spotted at Hidden Pond, Meadowood Recreation Area, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This pair is "in wheel."

02 JUL 2016 | MRA | Banded Pennant (mating pair, in wheel)

A mating pair of Banded Pennant dragonflies (Celithemis fasciata) spotted at Hidden Pond, Meadowood Recreation Area, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This pair is "in wheel."

02 JUL 2016 | MRA | Banded Pennant (mating pair, in wheel)

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