Location: Montreal Canada
July 30, 2016 5:48 pm
Is this a female twelve-spotted skimmer? If not, then what? Thanks
We apologize for the delay in responding, but we really do have a tiny staff that cannot respond to all of our summer identification requests. We just posted a new image of a female Common Whitetail, and we went back through our archives of unanswered mail to locate your request. We believe you also have submitted an image of a female Common Whitetail, Plathemis lydia, and you can compare your image to this BugGuide image. According to BugGuide: “Females are often confused with the Twelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella) but notice the solid stripe down the side of the longer, more slender abdomen here in L. pulchella.“
Thank you! I believe that is correct and appreciate your efforts.