Stream Cruiser dragonfly (female)

The following photograph shows a Stream Cruiser dragonfly (Didymops transversa) spotted as I was photowalking along a dirt trail at Meadowood Recreation Area on 08 May 2014.

Male– and female Stream Cruisers are very similar in appearance: a white facial bar and a single white stripe on the side of the thorax are key characteristics of Didymops transversa. This individual is a female as indicated by the pair of white terminal appendages (cerci) clearly visible at the end of its abdomen.

Stream Cruiser dragonfly (female)

Thanks to Mr. Chris Hobson, Natural Areas Zoologist with the Virginia Natural Heritage Program, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, for providing species descriptors paraphrased in this post.

Copyright © 2014 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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