Common Whitetail dragonfly (female)

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A Common Whitetail dragonfly (Libellula lydia), a member of the skimmer family of dragonflies, spotted during a photowalk through the Children’s Garden at Hollin Meadows Science and Math Focus School. The preceding individual is a female, as indicated by its brown body and mid-wing brownish-black bands that do not go edge-to-edge on its translucent wings. (Males have a white abdomen and mid-wing brownish-black bands that go edge-to-edge on its translucent wings.)

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