Posts Tagged ‘Gomphus vastus’

Deadly Cobras!

August 29, 2016

Several Cobra Clubtail dragonflies (Gomphus vastus) were spotted during a photowalk along the Potomac River at Riverbend Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

Cobra Clubtail seems to be a voracious predator. Three individuals were observed eating smaller insects.

Male 1

The first individual is a male, as indicated by his terminal appendages. He is eating a Crane Fly.

Male 2

Another male was observed eating a small butterfly, possibly an Eastern Tailed-blue (Cupido comyntas).


The last individual is a female, as indicated by her terminal appendages and the rounded shape of its hind wings. She is eating an unknown species of damselfly (female).

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Cobra Clubtail head-tilts

May 29, 2016

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. Like the following female Cobra Clubtail dragonfly (Gomphus vastus), who I imagine is thinking “Take a picture. It will last longer.”

In the next photo, another female has turned her head nearly upside-down. OK, that’s just crazy looking! It reminds me of the movie The Exorcist (1973).

The male in the last photo is probably thinking “Hey buddy, enough with the bright flashes of light!”

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