Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Common Whitetail

This past week, I made several unsuccessful jaunts looking for Southern Spreadwings. On 24 May along the Big Pond at St Olaf College, Erika and I photographed a strange dragonfly. Thanks to Scott King, we identified it as a young, female Common Whitetail. This species is often abundant in Erika’s garden. We have never seen one, however, with white rays in its wing like this one. Scott explained that recently emerged dragonflies often take several days to acquire their adult appearance. One hardly needs to wonder why dragonfly identification is so difficult.

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