PRINCE BASKETTAIL 

The individual at left and above was photographed at Cox Arboretum. He chose a shady spot to perch, making it difficult to get decent photos. 

This was the first Prince Baskettail I ever found perched. I photographed him at Spring Lakes Park in Bellbrook on September 28, 2013. The wing spots are somewhat faded in this older individual. (The extent of the wings spots is variable.) 

Prince Baskettail. This is our largest species of baskettail. Notice the brown spots on the wings and the green eyes. Prince Baskettails often perch with their abdomens extended outward like this. 

Prince Baskettails fly from late May through September (with occasional stragglers into October). This is a very common species in our area. They live in a wide variety of habitats, and I see them flying all the time, but they are very difficult to find perched. 

This Prince Baskettail was photographed at Twin Creek MetroPark on June 14, 2018. I have only found a total of 6 perched Prince Baskettails, in all my years of dragonfly hunting ... but by a stroke of extreme good luck, I found two of them in one day. I photographed this individual at Twin Creek and a different individual at Germantown MetroPark on the same day. 

This was Prince Baskettail #6 for me, photographed at Cox Arboretum on September 11, 2019. I love those green eyes!