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Fine-Lined Emerald - Somatochlora filosa - female

Fine-Lined Emerald - Somatochlora filosa - Female
Sneads Ferry, NC, Onwala County, North Carolina, USA
August 20, 2007
Size: 2.5"
This specimen flew right past me and landed as seen here. I tried to take a few pictures, but it was sitting on a tree about 2m back from the edge of the trail in some rather unsavory undergrowth so I wasn't able to get much closer. When I tried to get a side-shot, it flew off. It was a fairly large dragonfly, smaller than the Common Green Darner, but not much so. Located in the pine forest of Stubbs Sound Park in Sneads Ferry, NC.

Update: I received a communication from Dr. John C. Abbott of the University of Texas (resident expert of OdonataCentral), who confirmed this is a Clamp-tipped Emerald (Somatochlora tenebrosa)


Thanks for the update
I'll make the appropriate updates in my own notes.

For what it's worth...
To be honest, I'm having a hard time figuring out why this isn't a female Fine-lined Emerald (Somatochlora filosa).

filosa it is
Ben and Marty, this is a female Somatochlora filosa, Fine-lined Emerald. Tapered abdomen and amber spots at wingtips both point to it being that species. S. tenebrosa has neither of those characters.

Moved from Dragonflies.

Moved from Darners.

This looks like an Emerald to us
but we don't recognize it from this angle. Maybe one of the Somatochlora? Hopefully one of the Odonate specialists will find this and comment.

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