Banded Pennant Dragonfly

The day remained cloudy  and windy.


The banded pennant dragonfly (Celithemis fasciata) didn’t mind all my attention taking pictures.

Maybe it just wanted to be the subject of a blog.


The defined black wing pattern made it easy to identify. It’s range covers most of the eastern half of the country.

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The white veining was so obvious while I was taking the pictures. Then, when I put the pictures in the computer, I noticed the back of its head … it looked hollow. Apparently this allows for efficient attachment of the neck and to increase head mobility.


9 responses to this post.

  1. Great shots! It almost seems as though the head evolved as necessary to accommodate the eyes


  2. That’s interesting. I never knew their heads were like that.
    Nice shots!


  3. Your photos are beautiful! Dragonflies have always fascinated me. I have often thought about trying to photograph all of the different types in my area. However, they are often very difficult to photograph, so my patience runs out before too long:)


    • I’m usually an impatient person too. I have probably 8 to 10 species in my yard. I like to go out in the evening and photograph them backlit by the setting sun. I do take their pictures quite often. too.


  4. Posted by Tree Lover Therese on July 26, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    These photos …. I’m speechless. They are WOW!!!!!


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