Common Baskettail dragonflies (females)

The following photo gallery shows a couple of dragonflies spotted in an open field along the trail to Hidden Pond, a small lake located at Meadowood Recreation Area in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. These specimens are probably Common Baskettail dragonflies (Epitheca cynosura) based upon the width-to-length ratios of their abdominal segments, according to Dr. John Abbott at Odonata Central.

I think these individuals are females, as indicated by their terminal appendages. Can I get an expert second opinion?

Editor’s Note: According to Ed Lam, author and illustrator of Damselflies of the Northeast, both individuals are definitely female. Thanks for your help, Ed!

Copyright © 2013 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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