Common Whitetail dragonflies

The following gallery features a couple of similar-looking dragonflies: they are the same species; different gender. Both specimens are Common Whitetail dragonflies (Plathemis lydia): Photo 1 shows an immature male; Photos 2-3 show a female. Notice the obvious difference in the pattern of their wing spots. More careful observation reveals the difference in their terminal appendages.

Young males begin to develop pruinescence that changes the color of their abdomen from brown to white.

Both individuals were spotted at Meadowood Recreation Area.

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