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Skaty Skimmer, perhaps - Libellula axilena

Skaty Skimmer, perhaps - Libellula axilena
Lovelady, Houston County, Texas, USA
June 26, 2015
Since Slaty Skimmers are common here, I suspect that this may be one. Maybe a female. But (1) the white on the thorax, (2) the black streak on the basal wing FW & HW & (3) the reddish stripe along the lateral abdomen do not seem to match that ID. I think it may be something else. What do I have here? Thanks for your help.
Best,
Philip

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Agree with Slaty
Hi,

I looked in the Western edition of the Paulson guide and he's got a Slaty Skimmer that he's calling an immature female that looks just like the one in your photo, including the reddish patches, the black wingtips, and the paler thorax underside. I've never seen a Slaty that looked like this either, but going by the field guide that's what I'd say.

Lisa Shannon
Silver Spring, MD

 
Slaty Skimmers
Lisa–
Thank you. I normally rely on Dunkle's and Abbott's books, but I have added Paulson's.

Philip
Houston Cty, TX

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