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Bar-winged skimmer (Immature male or female?)? - Libellula axilena - female

Bar-winged skimmer (Immature male or female?)? - Libellula axilena - Female
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, USA
June 16, 2013
This is one of two photographs of this dragonfly. I think it's either an immature male or female Bar-winged skimmer, Libellula axilena. I'm not positive on either species identification or the sex. Hoping for some confirmation or correction! I have a terrible time differentiating between Bar-wingeds and slaty skimmers with any significant degree of confidence (and, you know, immature males vs. females). This was observed in my backyard (north Valdosta, far south Georgia). There *is* a large wetland two blocks over, just to the side of our neighborhood. We have no shortage of dragonflies! Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Bar-winged skimmer (Immature male or female?)? - Libellula axilena - female Bar-winged skimmer (Immature male or female?)? - Libellula axilena - female

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Agree with your ID - Libellula axilena (female)
Per Paulson (1) - Field marks for female L. axilena:

Differs from female and immature male L. incesta and L. vibrans by -
Dark marking (stripe) on side of the thorax, below hindwing, is wider near lower end
Dark face with sharply defined white edges

Also differs from female L. vibrans by having entirely black femora

You can tell this is a female by the flange on each side of abdominal segment 8

 
Could you take a look at these?
It's currently under Libellula vibrans:


 
Once again, William -- I real
Once again, William -- I really, really appreciate it! Starting to get these guys and gals mapped out in mah brain. Your feedback is really appreciated, dude!

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