Dragonfly Poses

I saw these three dragonflies in the same area on June 10 and was struck by the different perches and poses they use.

Dragonfly – obelisk pose

A dragonfly perched with the abdomen pointing up is known as being in the obelisk pose or obelisking.

So what is pointing down? Anti-obelisking or just going with gravity?

Dragonfly – anti obelisk pose

Commonly they perch parallel to the ground.

Dragonfly – straight on

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
June 10, 2021

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