Libellula lydia, Plathemis lydia
A male Common Whitetail dragonfly perching on a turtle's shell. This prehistoric odd couple was spotted along the boardwalk that goes through the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park. The pair reminds me of John the Turtle and the Dookie Bird from the comic strip, "B.C." Thanks to Noah Ranger "NeilD" for identifying the turtle as a Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans). According to Neil, "Older individuals of that species, especially males, tend to turn 'melanistic' or dark-colored like that and lose the distinct colorful markings on their skin." Related Resources: B.C. http://www.creators.com/comics/bc/96386.... Red-eared Slider http://www.virginiaherpetologicalsociety...
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 Aug 17, 2012
Submitted on Aug 20, 2012