We watched a male patrolling over a female ovipositing in the lake, until she was snatched up by a Common Green Darner and carried off to the bushes to be eaten head-first!
At Boat Launch
We worked this lone one for a good half hour, trying to second guess it's next landing.
The Common Whitetail or Long-tailed Skimmer (Plathemis lydia) is a common dragonfly across much of North America, with a striking and unusual appearance. The male's chunky white body (about 5 cm long), combined with the brownish-black bands on its otherwise translucent wings, give it a checkered look. Females have a brown body and a different pattern of wing spots, closely resembling that of female Libellula pulchella, the Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Whitetail females can be distinguished by their smaller...