Pond pals

A male Eastern Amberwing dragonfly (Perithemis tenera) was spotted perching on the nose of a water turtle, possibly a Northern Red-bellied Cooter (Pseudemys rubriventris), at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR), Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

02 AUG 2017 | JMAWR | Eastern Amberwing (male) and water turtle

As soon as the turtle surfaced the dragonfly appeared out of thin air and landed on the turtle’s nose. I shot two photos before the turtle dove underwater and swam out of sight, but for a magical moment, the turtle and dragonfly were pond pals!

Editor’s Notes

Sincere thanks to Matt Ratcliffe, member of the Virginia Odonata Facebook group, for confirming my tentative identification of the water turtle. Now that the identity of the turtle is certain, I named the pair of pond pals Scooter and Cooter.

Copyright © 2017 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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4 Responses to “Pond pals”

  1. Pete Hillman Says:

    Nice one, Walter! Fabulous shot! 🙂

    • waltersanford Says:

      Thanks, Pete! I saw an unknown species of cruiser dragonfly around the same time last year at Mulligan Pond. The dragonfly flew a seemingly endless patrol around the pond shoreline. I happened to be scanning the water looking for the cruiser when the turtle surfaced.

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