Common Whitetail dragonfly (male, breathing)

The following video features a Common Whitetail dragonfly (Plathemis lydia) spotted on 31 May 2013 during a photowalk along the boardwalk in the hemi-marsh at Huntley Meadows Park. This individual is a male, as indicated by its coloration and terminal appendages.

Dragonflies breathe through small holes in the underside of their thorax and abdomen called “spiracles.” Notice the dragonfly’s thorax and abdomen expanding and contracting as he inhales and exhales.

Related Resource: Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (female, breathing and grooming), featuring an embedded YouTube video (0:30).

Copyright © 2013 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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