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Dragonfly - Libellula forensis - female

Dragonfly - Libellula forensis - Female
Elkton, Douglas County, Oregon, USA
July 26, 2007
In a correspondence with Dennis Paulson, he indicated there are two variations of eight-spotted skimmers - an eastern and a western. The east/west delineation is the Cascade Mountains, though occasionally they will be found in the "wrong place". I have found both here in Elkton, west of the Cascades. Typically female Eight-spotted Skimmers lack white patches on their wings west of the Cascades and have them east of the Cascades. This image is of a typical western Eight-spotted Skimmer, female.

This is an eastern Eight-spotted Skimmer .