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Slaty Skimmer dragonfly (old female)

Libellula incesta

Description:

A Slaty Skimmer dragonfly spotted at quite a distance from the observation tower at Huntley Meadows Park. This individual is an old female, as indicated by its coloration and the terminal appendages at the end of its abdomen. "Old females can become entirely dark gray pruinose." Source Credit: Paulson, Dennis (2011-12-19). Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East (Princeton Field Guides) (Kindle Location 9162). Princeton University Press. Kindle Edition. Related Resource: Pruinescence http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pruinescenc...

Habitat:

Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,425 acre wetland area in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Related Resource: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntl...

Notes:

Copyright © 2012 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved. www.wsanford.com

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2 Comments

Geodialist
Geodialist 8 years ago

In a word, yes, although not every species of dragonfly known to occur in the eastern United States will be found everywhere. Slaty Skimmer dragonflies are very common.

DeannaBroderick
DeannaBroderick 8 years ago

They do look similar... Are Ct and Virginia known to have the same species of dragon flies?

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Virginia, USA

Spotted on Aug 14, 2012
Submitted on Sep 1, 2012

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