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Common Baskettail Above My Head

There were a lot of these Baskettails zooming over a dike between two ponds, presumably feeding.

Common Baskettail
Common Baskettail

This reed stalk was the highest vegetation around with the top coveted perch well above my head.

Common Baskettail
Common Baskettail

Backlit by the sun, you can see numerous tears in the wings.

Common Baskettail
Common Baskettail

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 14, 2022

 

Four-spotted Pennants on Chinese Tallow

Chinese Tallow, also known as Popcorn Tree, is anĀ  invasive species that crowds out native vegetation and is notoriously hard to get rid of. These trees have been treated but you can see from the sprouting vegetation are not dead.

Four-spotted Pennants on Chinese Tallow
Four-spotted Pennants on Chinese Tallow

These dragonflies found the “popcorn” seeds to be good perches.

Four-spotted Pennants on Chinese Tallow
Four-spotted Pennants on Chinese Tallow
Four-spotted Pennants on Chinese Tallow
Four-spotted Pennants on Chinese Tallow

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
September 19, 2022

Dragonfly on Pokeweed

I almost deleted this image then saw the antennae sticking out from the stem below the dragonfly.

Dragonfly on Pokeweed
Dragonfly on Pokeweed, With Grasshopper Photobomber

The dragonfly shifted to another branch right after I took the first image, giving me a little better view.

Dragonfly on Pokeweed
Dragonfly on Pokeweed

And then one more time, this time choosing a leaf as his perch.

Dragonfly on Pokeweed
Dragonfly on Pokeweed

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
August 27, 2022

 

Common Whitetail on Ground

This dragonfly, which I think is a Common Whitetail, was going back and forth between a patch of grass and a sidewalk, perching for 20 or 30 seconds in each place.

Common Whitetail Dragonfly
Common Whitetail Dragonfly

He might have been overstuffed with mosquitoes as there was no shortage of them after me.

Common Whitetail Dragonfly
Common Whitetail Dragonfly

ID corrections welcome.

I first thought it might be a Banded Pennant, the described variations on each species are confounding.

Hampton Plantation, McClellanville, SC
August 26, 2021

Dragonfly

My apologies to anyone who got a notice that I’d published this post then it wasn’t available. I clicked Publish by mistake while I was checking why I didn’t finish the post, so unpublished it. This is a good reminder for me to tag posts when I start them with the location and add the date. Thinking I’ll remember is just not going to happen.

I like the image for the mottled background and shape of the twig, so I’m clicking Publish intentionally now.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

April 22, 2021
Caw Caw County Park, Charleston, SC