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Brush-tipped Emerald - Somatochlora walshii - female

Brush-tipped Emerald - Somatochlora walshii - Female
Whiteshell Provincial Park, east of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
June 13, 2010

Thanks for this!
For what you ask? Well, this is actually a pretty unique view of the female of this species and this afternoon I had a mystery Emerald female show up at home and I was able to snap a few pics of her before she flew away. I would have netted her to study her better, but that did not happen. I know I should have "swung first and asked questions later", but I always hesitate a little more with females, knowing they are laden with eggs and what not and that proved to be my "undoing", or sort of. Anyway, long story short, the pics were OK but full-on laterals were not possible. I looked at several ID guides and none show this view of the female, but as I compare my image to yours, they pretty much match and the partial lateral also shows the shape of the ovipositor, to a point, allowing me to discard some other possibilities for this time of year (williamsoni and tenebrosus especially, but also incurvata, elongata, forcipata by the shape of the abdomen). That pretty much only leaves walshii and brevicincta, the latter of which this is definitely not. I will post some images a little later. (pause)

I'm back! Anyway, here is the pic of my specimen:

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