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Dragonflies (Anisoptera) » Skimmers (Libellulidae) ? - Phanogomphus militaris - female

Dragonflies (Anisoptera) » Skimmers (Libellulidae) ? - Phanogomphus militaris - Female
Schulenburg, Fayette County, Texas, USA
June 9, 2012
Assuming this a Skimmer, can it be brought to species?

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Probably - female Gomphus militaris or G. graslinellus

Gomphus militaris

See John C. Abbott - Gomphus graslinellus

I think that your gomphid is more likely G. militaris but I'm not sure how to rule out G. graslinellus without a lateral view of the thorax and abdomen tip.

 
Gomphus
there appears to be more yellow on S9 and s10 than I'm used to seeing on G. graslinellus

 
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Thank you William. I only took one view and this one was a while ago. Will try to do better the next chance I get to photograph an odonate.

the widely spaced eyes
and overall shape say Gomphidae. See what you think about female Sulphur-tipped clubtail

 
Thank you
for the identification and the tip about what to look for when identifying. I certainly think it looks like a female Sulphur-tipped clubtail. I'm a beginner on Bug guide and completely new to the odonates.

 
identifying odes
If you want to do it yourself:

John Abbott's Dragonflies and damselflies of Texas and the South-central United States.

or Dennis Paulson's Dragonflies and damselflies of the West (which covers all of Texas). If you go east of east Texas you'll want the eastern volume.

 
Thanks again
I have some book, can't remember which, at Camp Wood, but we are in Houston now. Will address the book suggestions when I can check to see what I already have. I have tried to do a little ID'ing in Camp Wood where I see more odonates. Maybe I can take one of the courses on odonates this year at Nature Quest in Con Can this year.

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