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16th Dragon of the Season - Libellula flavida - male

16th Dragon of the Season - Libellula flavida - Male
Cass County, Texas, USA
June 11, 2007
I originally designated this as a female but after some assistance I have changed the gender designation and linked the 2 images of this specimen.


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16th Dragon of the Season - Libellula flavida - male 16th Dragon of the Season - Libellula flavida - male

We would suggest that you have
another Libellula flavida here, but would disagree with the gender. We think this is a young adult male still showing the female colors before turning blue. But we can't find any images of young males. Patrick's at is the closest. If so this is a first for BugGuide and maybe even the first young male online! Great work! Hope someone can confirm this ID for you.

I am confused
because on one of the 2 linked images of this specimen, you agree with my assigned designation of Libellula auripinnis but in the other image you indicate it is Libellula flavida.

Is it possible that you got the two designations switched because I posted 2 linked images of a Yellow-sided Skimmer (Libellula flavida) immediately after posting two linked images of a Golden-winged Skimmer (Libellula auripennis)?

Don't know how we got confused
Just not reading carefully enough to know what we were agreeing with! Guess we're going to disgree with the designation as auripennis too!
The color on the side of auripennis is whiter and doesn't go as far forward as on this animal. Also the leading edge of the wings is yellow or orange in auripennis, not black as in this beauty. Gayle has some great pages on his website here that are worth some time exploring. Enjoy.
In conclusion - we would say flavida, young male. But still hoping for confirmation since we have never had the pleasure of seeing this beauty.

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