More Needham’s Skimmer dragonflies

Several Needham’s Skimmer dragonflies (Libellula needhami) were spotted during a photowalk at River Towers Condominiums (RTC), Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

Females

The following photos show two females, as indicated by their coloration and terminal appendages.

A Needham's Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula needhami) spotted at River Towers Condominiums, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female.

19 JUL 2019 | RTC | Needham’s Skimmer (female)

Notice the natural variation in the coloration of the two females.

A Needham's Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula needhami) spotted at River Towers Condominiums, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female.

19 JUL 2019 | RTC | Needham’s Skimmer (female)

Male

A single mature male was spotted near the location where the females were photographed.

Editor’s Note: This is the same location I described in “Ground truth,” posted on 02 March 2016. As I speculated in the post, by mid-July the banks of the stream were so choked with vegetation that I was unable to do more than work the edges of the thicket.

Copyright © 2016 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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