Seeing the beauty in a common dragonfly

A Common Whitetail dragonfly (Plathemis lydia) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female.

21 AUG 2015 | Huntley Meadows Park | Common Whitetail (female)

The preceding photograph shows a Common Whitetail dragonfly (Plathemis lydia) spotted during a photowalk at Huntley Meadows Park. This individual is a female, as indicated by her coloration, pattern of wing spots, and terminal appendages.

As its common name suggests Common Whitetail dragonflies are seen commonly, seemingly everywhere, including places far from water. Some dragonflies are habitat specialists; Common Whitetails are habitat generalists. It’s easy to look at something so common and not see its beauty. Although Common Whitetails are subtly beautiful, they are beautiful nonetheless.

Copyright © 2015 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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