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Photo#60736
male yellow sided skimmer? - Pachydiplax longipennis - male

male yellow sided skimmer? - Pachydiplax longipennis - Male
nags head, Dare County, North Carolina, USA
July 1, 2006
Size: 2"
cruising a flooded maritime wet grassland

Some field marks...
...that will be helpful to you. The male Yellow-sided Skimmer has a dark face and dark eyes...the Blue Dasher has a white face and green/blue eyes. The Yellow-sided Skimmer has the front of the thorax blue (dark in immature males--it gets "pruinose" or paler with age), and the sides cream with one dark stripe. The Blue Dasher's thorax has dark and light stripes on the front, and on the side several dark stripes on yellow.

Elizabeth

Pachydiplax
I am afraid not. This is a Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis).

Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
World Birding Center
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
joshua.rose_NO_SPAM@tpwd.state.tx.us
956-584-9156 x 236

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