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Slaty Skimmer - Libellula incesta - female

Slaty Skimmer - Libellula incesta - Female
Hoosier National Forest, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
June 10, 2010
Based on location (south central Indiana) it seems most likely a Slaty Skimmer or Great Blue Skimmer, but doesn't seem to fit the traits of either one in my books (Stokes Beginners Guide to Dragonflies and Dragonflies Through Binoculars). Unfortunately, I didn't get a shot of the face or the femora. Can anyone confirm that this is a female, and which type of dragonfly it might be?

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Slaty Skimmer
This is a Slaty Skimmer.

 
Slaty Skimmer
Thanks for the id. How can you tell it's a Slaty? Is it an older female? An immature male?

 
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I said Slaty for several reasons:

1. The body color looks too dark for Great Blue.
2. The eye color is too dark for a Great Blue.
3. I have never seen a Great Blue with dusky wing-tips. However, I have seen several Slaty Skimmers with this pattern.

 
love the photo
Good shot
I have been trying to get a good shot for a while, I like how you took this.

 
Thank you
Luck had more to do with it than skill :)

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