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headstander - Pachydiplax longipennis - male

headstander - Pachydiplax longipennis - Male
Richmond, Chesterfield County, Virginia, USA
June 11, 2005
I'm really proud of this pic! A darner?

This peculiar behavior is called "obelisking," and is thought to be a dragonfly's way of thermoregulating. This posture is the opposite of basking, designed to minimize the amount of body surface exposed to direct, harsh sunlight.

So obelisking is a way to cool down. Wouldn't it be easier for the little pilot to fly off into the shade instead?

we would guess
Pachydiplax . White face, bluegreen eyes, amber spot near body on wings, standing on his head!

Well, I was proud of my picture until I saw the one above. Seems I need to learn how to blur the background in my shots. Thanks for the ID.

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