The following photo shows a Gray Petaltail dragonfly (Tachopteryx thoreyi) that was spotted near a forest seep. This individual is a male, as indicated by his “indented” hind wings and terminal appendages.

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

This guy bounced off my left shoulder before he landed on a nearby tree. Gray Petaltail readily perch on gray and tan colored surfaces, including clothing like the “sand” colored long-sleeve t-shirt and khaki vest I was wearing at the time of my close encounter with one of the Grays.

Copyright © 2018 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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