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Four-spotted pennant dragonfly

FILE - A four-spotted pennant.
FILE - A four-spotted pennant.

Brachymesia gravida, commonly known as the four-spotted pennant, is a species of skimmer dragonfly found in North America.

Transcript (edited for clarity):


Hi, this is Rudy Mancke from USC for NatureNotes.

Bob took some photographs that he shared with me and was interested in a dragonfly that he had seen on Bull Island, SC. And it turned out it was the four-spotted pennant.

Now a pennant, you know, is one of those sort of triangular shaped flags that you see on boats and other things. Four spots on the wings, and it always perches right at the tip of a branch as if it were a pennant. It's the only dragonfly that we've got that has all-white stigmas, those little thickened areas that support the edges of the wings.

He also had a photograph of two black-bellied whistling ducks with a group of roseate spoonbills. Wow! Those are two amazing birds in South Carolina

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Rudy Mancke served as naturalist and co-host of South Carolina ETV's <i>NatureScene</i>, which began its long run in 1978. His field trips, broadcast nationwide, earned him a legion of dedicated viewers. Rudy's knowledge of the complex inner-workings of different ecosystems and his great admiration for the natural world make him the perfect guide. In fact, the National Wildlife Federation and the Garden Club of America honored his commitment to resource conservation with special awards. After retiring from SCETV, Rudy went on to become naturalist-in-residence at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He hosted SC Public Radio's <i>NatureNotes</i> from 1999 until his death in 2023 at age 78.