Common Whitetail dragonflies (immature males)

This post features more photos of Common Whitetail dragonflies (Plathemis Lydia) spotted on 18 May 2014 in the meadow east of the observation tower at Huntley Meadows Park.

The dragonflies shown below are immature males, as indicated by their coloration, pattern of wing spots, and terminal appendages. As mature adults, the abdomen of these male dragonflies will be covered by white pruinescence, hence the common name, “Common Whitetail.”

Common Whitetail dragonfly (immature male)

Common Whitetail dragonfly (immature male)

Common Whitetail dragonfly (immature male)

Common Whitetail dragonfly (immature male)

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Common Whitetail dragonfly (immature male)

Common Whitetail dragonfly (immature male)

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