Friday, August 7, 2015

Halloween Pennant

Erika and I were greeted by a dragonfly found in Minnestoa, this Halloween Pennant, when, on 25 March, we revisited Harns Marsh in search of Limpkins. We first visited the marsh in 2010, before our focus on dragonflies. This species is found from Canada through the eastern United States south into Central America. Wikipedia claims they are particularly common in Florida. This source reports that this dragonfly often perches at the tip of weed stalk. The wings wave in the breeze, leading to the name pennant, a word that describes a small flag. I think "halloween" is an odd name. All things orange do not refer to halloween. Indeed, as I have previously written, the general coloration may mimic poisonous butterflies and therefore discourage predators.

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