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Red-tailed pennant (Brachymesia furcata)        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Most pennants are tropical species and the red-tailed pennant shown here is scarce in southern California (at least in the places where I look for dragonflies)   Males have bright red faces and abdomens, brown thorax, and small amber spots at the wing base; females are less brightly colored (lower right).   I took the pictures in October at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area near Riverside, California, and near Palm Desert, California (upper right).

  • digital captures, Canon 1D MK. II, 500 mm IS lens plus 2X converter, extension tubes, fill-in flash (2005, 2006, 2007)