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Female - Newly Eclosed - Plathemis lydia - female

Female - Newly Eclosed - Plathemis lydia - Female
Lake County, Illinois, USA
May 11, 2007
Size: "Regular"
Someone who knows a little about dragonflies told me that, most likely, this is a newly emerged dragonfly. And the wings (and body too) are colorless since they haven't dried yet. (The dragonfly looked like a piece of cellophane as it flew past me.) She said she was not expert enough to be able to guess what species it is. Does anybody here have that expertise? Please see also the close-up image. Thanx.

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Female - Newly Eclosed - Plathemis lydia - female Dragonfly (Newly Emerged) - Plathemis lydia - female

Nice photo
If you see another teneral - and you probably will - hang around, or come back a few minutes later. You'll be surprised at how quickly they begin to darken.

Yes definitely teneral -
recently eclosed from larval form. The stout body, stripes on the side of the thorax, slash-like stripes on the side of the abdomen, and appendages on the tip of the abdomen all point to teneral female, Plathemis lydia. Info in the guide here. This will make a nice addition to the guidepage!

Re: john and jane balaban comment
How interesting! I went back to the same pond yesterday. And almost all the dragonflies there were common whitetails! So I guess I had a "sneak preview" the day I took this photo! Thanx so much! (I moved the images to the guide page.)

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