Ashy- or Lancet Clubtail dragonfly (redux)

The following photographs show a Clubtail dragonfly perching on the ground along the earthen dam at Hidden Pond, a small lake located at Meadowood Recreation Area in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is either an Ashy Clubtail (Gomphus lividus) or Lancet Clubtail (Gomphis exilis). Ashy- and Lancet Clubtail dragonflies are similar in appearance and difficult to differentiate with complete certainty. Anyone care to offer an expert opinion?

Ashy- or Lancet Clubtail dragonfly Ashy- or Lancet Clubtail dragonfly

Editor’s Note: According to Ed Lam, author and illustrator of Damselflies of the Northeast, this individual is definitely female but the species is indefinite.

In the pictures where the abdomen tip is obscured, the rounded shape of the base of the hind wing identifies it as a female. Not going to guess on the … [species]. That’s the way it goes sometimes.

Thanks for your help, Ed!

Copyright © 2013 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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