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Calico Pennant dragonflies (males)

June 20, 2016

Several Calico Pennant dragonflies (Celithemis elisa) were spotted at Painted Turtle Pond, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge (OBNWR), Prince William County, Virginia USA.

All of these individuals are males, as indicated by their coloration and terminal appendages. (Editor’s Note: Photos of several female Calico Pennants will be featured in a follow-up post.)

A Calico Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis elisa) spotted at Painted Turtle Pond, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Prince William County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male.

18 JUN 2016 | OBNWR | Calico Pennant (male)

Regular readers of my photoblog know I’m fond of head-tilts in which the dragonfly seems to display some of its personality, especially when the individual is looking at me. All of the photos in this gallery show head-tilts.

A Calico Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis elisa) spotted at Painted Turtle Pond, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Prince William County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male.

18 JUN 2016 | OBNWR | Calico Pennant (male)

The following photo is my favorite in this set, although I like all of the photos almost equally.

A Calico Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis elisa) spotted at Painted Turtle Pond, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Prince William County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male.

18 JUN 2016 | OBNWR | Calico Pennant (male)

Look closely at the full-size version of the last photo and you will see “ghosting” along the leading edge of the wing tips. In this case, the slight blurring was caused by movement of the dragonfly rather than movement of my camera (camera shake).

A Calico Pennant dragonfly (Celithemis elisa) spotted at Painted Turtle Pond, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Prince William County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male.

18 JUN 2016 | OBNWR | Calico Pennant (male)

The Backstory: Calico Pennant is listed on the Friends of Huntley Meadows Park Odonata species list. I have neither seen one at Huntley Meadows Park nor do I know anyone who has. After years of fruitless searching at my favorite local wetlands park, I decided to visit Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge — a venue well-known for Calico Pennants, among many species of odonates that can be found at the refuge. I’m glad I made the effort to drive a little farther than usual!

Addendum: Since this post was published, I learned that Fred Siskind spotted a Calico Pennant dragonfly along the Hike-Bike Trail in 2005. Do the math — that’s 11 years since the last confirmed sighting of the species at Huntley Meadows!

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