Common Whitetail dragonfly (mature male)

A Common Whitetail dragonfly (Plathemis lydia) was spotted during a photowalk with Michael Powell around Mulligan Pond at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR) in Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

This individual is a mature male, as indicated by his coloration, pattern of wing spots, and terminal appendages.

18 AUG 2020 | JMAWR | Common Whitetail (mature male)

Common Whitetail” is one of a few common names for odonates that makes perfect sense, at least for males. This species is found commonly in lentic habitats. It’s one of the first species to emerge during spring and one of the last to disappear in fall.

Although Common Whitetail is easy to find, it can be challenging to photograph mature males without blowing out the highlights in their bright white abdomen.

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2 Responses to “Common Whitetail dragonfly (mature male)”

  1. Wally Jones Says:

    Beautiful dragon! And another species I’ll have to travel a bit north to find. Sigh.

    You had no problem handling the highlights and achieved very nice detail at f/5.6.

    • waltersanford Says:

      I wasn’t able to experiment with camera settings. I shot three photos of the Common Whitetail before Mike Powell spotted a Russet-tipped Clubtail. Needless to say, I abandoned the Common Whitetail immediately!

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