They’re back!

Adult-stage Common Whitetail dragonflies (Plathemis lydia), that is. Larval-stage dragonflies, also known as nymphs, live year-round in the waters of the wetlands at Huntley Meadows Park although they are seen rarely.

I didn’t see any “home grown” dragonflies flying over the central wetland area during a photowalk on 27 April 2014. All of the dragonflies featured in this post are immature — they were hunkered down for safety in fields near the hemi-marsh where they emerged recently.

The three dragonflies shown below are immature males, as indicated by their coloration, pattern of wing spots, and terminal appendages. Can you tell which one is oldest?

Common Whitetail dragonfly (immature male)

Common Whitetail dragonfly (immature male)

Common Whitetail dragonfly (immature male)

The two dragonflies shown below are immature females, as indicated by their coloration, pattern of wing spots, and terminal appendages. Can you tell which one is older?

Common Whitetail dragonfly (female)

Common Whitetail dragonfly (immature female)

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