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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: Gymnastic Dragonfly

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East Bridgewater, MA

July 20, 2013
5:29 AM

Post #9605820

What type of dragonfly is this and what why was it arching it's back? This was taken in SE Massachusetts. Thanks!

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Minot, ND

July 20, 2013
5:50 AM

Post #9605840

This is one of the pennants in the genus Celithemis; possibly the calico pennant, Celithemis elisa -
Unfortunately, I cannot provide a reason for its pose.


East Bridgewater, MA

July 20, 2013
7:35 PM

Post #9606592

I think Calico Pennant is the proper ID. Thanks for the help. :)
Minot, ND

July 22, 2013
10:37 AM

Post #9608345

I have taken another look at this image, and now believe that I was mistaken in calling it a pennant; it more likely is a female eastern amberwing, Perithemis tenera -
And I have found out that the pose is called "obelisking" -


East Bridgewater, MA

July 24, 2013
4:55 PM

Post #9610936

Wow, I'm glad i checked back to this post. Obelisking to stay cool. It was hot as hell that day so that makes sense. Thanks!

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