Female Common Whitetail

Subject: Type of Dragonfly?
Location: East Texas
August 12, 2016 9:41 am
Good morning!
I was wondering if you could help me identify which type of dragonfly this is?!
Signature: Katherine Harper

Female Common Whitetail
Female Common Whitetail

Dear Katherine,
We are relatively certain this is a female Common Whitetail,
Plathemis lydia, based on this BugGuide image.  If you look closely at the spotting on the abdomen, you will see it is different than the pattern on the female Twelve Spot Skimmer, Libellula pulchella, also pictured on BugGuide.  Both species have a similar wing spot pattern.

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