One of several Great Blue Skimmer dragonflies spotted in the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park. This individual is a mature male, as indicated by the discoloration of its blue pruinosity and its slightly tattered wings. "Males that have mated often have marks on their abdomen where the female legs have scratched them. This is especially obvious in species in which males develop pruinosity, as the pruinosity on the midabdomen is scratched off, and the signs are visible at some distance. ... Old individuals are often discolored, with tattered wings." Source Credit: Paulson, Dennis (2011-12-19). Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East (Princeton Field Guides), Princeton University Press.
Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,425 acre wetland area in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Related Resource: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntl...
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Lat: 38.76, Long: -77.10
Spotted on Jun 8, 2012
Submitted on Jun 17, 2012