Female Common Whitetail

Subject: Dragonfly-Skimmer
Location: Montreal Canada
July 30, 2016 5:48 pm
Is this a female twelve-spotted skimmer? If not, then what? Thanks
Signature: Pauline

Female Common Whitetail
Female Common Whitetail

Dear Pauline,
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.

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