Friday, October 15, 2010

Halloween Pennant

Most dragonflies that have color on their wings are a part of the skimmer family. Their are quite a few different type of skimmers but the ones that are the most colorful, at least near where I live, are the pennants.
Pennants get their name because of the perpendicular way that they often perch at the top of a lone stick, weed stalk, or blade of grass. When perched this way they some what resemble a pennant or flag. We have two types of pennants in Minnesota, the calico pennant, which is red or yellow, and the Halloween pennant pictured above. This is either a female or young male because it is yellow in color. Mature males, and some females, are mostly orange and black in color which is why they got the name Halloween pennant.

7 comments:

Nikki-ann said...

Fantastic shots. Very detailed :)

LadyFi said...

Oh. my. goodness. HOW did you get such wonderful captures?

cat said...

Wow these photos are amazing!

Just Me said...

Amazing photos! I love the detail and colors.

Melody ~ Blondie's Abode

Cecilia Artista said...

Gorgeous photos! And thank´s for the information!

Jessica said...

Very lovely. Dragonflies and Damselflies are such interesting critters.

Country Mouse Studio said...

you always get such beautiful shots