Cobra Clubtail dragonfly (young female)

A Cobra Clubtail dragonfly (Gomphurus vastus) was spotted during a photowalk with Michael Powell at a location in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female, as indicated by her terminal appendages and rounded hind wings.

Regular readers of my photoblog are familiar with my No. 1 mantra for wildlife photography: Get a shot, any shot (including a partially obstructed view, as shown below); refine the shot.

26 MAY 2020 | Fairfax County, VA | Cobra Clubtail (female)

I moved slowly to a better position to see/photograph the dragonfly. Not as close as I’d like to be, but hey, at least I had a clear view of the entire dragonfly. The first two photos show the Cobra’s wings are spread in the typical resting position for dragonflies.

26 MAY 2020 | Fairfax County, VA | Cobra Clubtail (female)

The last photo shows the dragonfly had turned around to check me out. Notice the Cobra’s wings are folded up over its body — an indication that she probably emerged sometime earlier the same day.

26 MAY 2020 | Fairfax County, VA | Cobra Clubtail (female)

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