Pantala flavescens?
Location: Hawthorne, CA
July 28, 2011 2:55 pm
I think I have this beauty correctly identified. Will you please confirm?
Signature: Thanks, Anna Carreon

Globe Skinner, Anna believes

Hi Anna
Just today we were asked by a journalist named Marian with High Country News which insect order gives us the most difficult time with identifications.  Without even flinching we blurted out Dragonflies.  They are sexually dimorphic, meaning the generally drabber females often look nothing like the males.  Additionally, the males go through color transformations between the time they first emerge and the time they are fully sexually mature.  We are not going to research your request tonight, but we are posting your letter and photo.  We will give this our best shot tomorrow.  The lighting and detail on the profile shot are stunning.

Globe Skimmer, according to Anna

Location: California

3 Responses to What's That Dragonfly

  1. RenaudB says:

    Hi Anna,

    Yes your ID is right, Pantala flavescens, a female.


  2. Anna Carreon says:


    Thank you very much for the confirmation, sorry to be so late in responding.


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