Headfirst

Common Green Darner dragonfly (Anax junius) landed a few feet to my left as I was looking for Russet-tipped Clubtail dragonflies during a photowalk around Mulligan Pond at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR).

Almost immediately, I realized the Common Green Darner was eating a smaller female Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum vicinum).

A Common Green Darner dragonfly (Anax junius) spotted at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male, eating a female Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum vicinum).

16 OCT 2016 | JMAWR | Common Green Darner (male, eating prey)

Notice the Common Green Darner is eating the Autumn Meadowhawk headfirst, the fastest way for the predator to immobilize its prey.

A Common Green Darner dragonfly (Anax junius) spotted at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male, eating a female Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum vicinum).

16 OCT 2016 | JMAWR | Common Green Darner (male, eating prey)

The Common Green Darner is an immature- to young male, as indicated by his coloration and terminal appendages. As a mature male, his abdomen will be partially covered by blue pruinescence.

A Common Green Darner dragonfly (Anax junius) spotted at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male, eating a female Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum vicinum).

16 OCT 2016 | JMAWR | Common Green Darner (male, eating prey)

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