Cobra Clubtail dragonfly (female, No. 8)

Insects can be beautiful. And some insects, such as dragonflies and damselflies, are more beautiful than others. That’s right, I said it!

I am fortunate to be able to photograph some of the more beautiful odonates that can be found, with a little time and effort, throughout Northern Virginia. Such as the following Cobra Clubtail dragonfly (Gomphurus vastus), spotted during a photowalk with Michael Powell in Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

Both photos in this post are “full frame,” that is uncropped (3,000 x 4,000 pixels). When the subject fills the frame as it does in the first photo, you know I was fairly close to the dragonfly.

08 JUN 2020 | Fairfax County, VA | Cobra Clubtail (female)

This individual is a female, as indicated by her terminal appendages and rounded hind wings.

08 JUN 2020 | Fairfax County, VA | Cobra Clubtail (female)

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One Response to “Cobra Clubtail dragonfly (female, No. 8)”

  1. Wally Jones Says:

    My goodness, you WERE close!

    It is true that we perceive some objects as more attractive than others. I have to guard against passing by a “dull” looking dragon to search for a “beauty”. As sure as I do, it will be a rarity never to be seen again …..

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