Gray Petaltail dragonfly (male)

A Gray Petaltail dragonfly (Tachopteryx thoreyi) was spotted during a recent photowalk with Michael Powell at a location in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male, as indicated by his “indented” hind wings, and terminal appendages.

The Gray Petaltail is shown perched on the sunny side of a tree where the dragonfly landed after he flew past me. This is my first photo of my first Gray for 2020.

13 JUN 2020 | Fairfax County, VA | Gray Petaltail (male)

The Gray moved to another place on the same tree. The “hairy” vine where he is perched is poison ivy. Yikes, please don’t land on me Mr. Petaltail!

13 JUN 2020 | Fairfax County, VA | Gray Petaltail (male)

The dragonfly flew to another tree nearby the first one. The next photo is my favorite in the set.

13 JUN 2020 | Fairfax County, VA | Gray Petaltail (male)

The last photo shows a side view of the Gray, featuring a partial view of his face.

13 JUN 2020 | Fairfax County, VA | Gray Petaltail (male)

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2 Responses to “Gray Petaltail dragonfly (male)”

  1. Wally Jones Says:

    Very nice find and superb photographs!
    If you had not seen it flying, I can see how easy it would be to walk right by one perched on a tree trunk.

    • waltersanford Says:

      Thanks, Wally! Mike and I were hunting three target species, including Gray Petaltail, so we were checking the sunny side of trees looking for our little friends. We spotted another male later the same day that was nearly impossible to see as it perched on a tree that made it almost perfectly camouflaged!

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