Needham’s Skimmer dragonfly (female)

Needham’s Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula needhami) was spotted at Meadowood Recreation Area (MRA). This individual is a female, as indicated by her terminal appendages.

The orangish-red coloration of this specimen could mislead you into thinking it’s a male. Be aware that the same species of dragonfly may appear differently depending upon gender, age, and natural variation.

A Needham's Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula needhami) spotted at Meadowood Recreation Area, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female.

02 JUL 2016 | MRA | Needham’s Skimmer (female)

Regular readers of my photoblog know I’m fond of head-tilts in which the dragonfly seems to display some of its personality, especially when the individual is looking at me.

A Needham's Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula needhami) spotted at Meadowood Recreation Area, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female.

02 JUL 2016 | MRA | Needham’s Skimmer (female)

Another day, another head tilt…

A Needham's Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula needhami) spotted at Meadowood Recreation Area, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female.

06 JUL 2016 | MRA | Needham’s Skimmer (female)

The preceding photo was taken a few days after the first two photos. Is it the same female? That seems likely since her orangish-red coloration is uncommon. Also, some species of dragonflies seem to be creatures of habit, returning to the same location day-after-day. It’s worth noting this dragonfly was perching in roughly the same spot on both days.

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