Common Whitetail dragonfly (teneral)

A teneral Common Whitetail dragonfly (Plathemis lydia, Libellula lydia), either a female or an immature male, spotted during a photowalk through Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. I spotted several of these dragonflies at the same time in the same location; they were easily spooked so it was difficult for me to shoot good photos of them using my iPhone 3GS.

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Photo 1 of 3 was cropped (and sharpened) to highlight the dragonfly; Photo 2 of 3 is the original photograph. Photo 3 of 3 shows a female Common Whitetail dragonfly for comparison with Photos 1-2.

Photos © Copyright 2011 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved. www.wsanford.com

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