Introducing “Bender”

Gray Petaltail dragonfly (Tachopteryx thoreyi) was spotted at a forested seep. This individual is a male, as indicated by his “indented” hind wings and terminal appendages.

06 JUN 2018 | Northern Virginia | Gray Petaltail (male)

I nicknamed this male “Bender” because of his malformed abdomen. Bender is a scrappy fighter who aggressively defended his territory against other odonate intruders!

More photos of Bender will be published in one or more upcoming blog posts.

Copyright © 2018 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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4 Responses to “Introducing “Bender””

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    I love the idea of nicknaming distinctive dragonflies, Walter, and I will keep my eyes open for him. I’ll be sure to pass on your greetings if I see him.

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