Female Great Blue Skimmer Dragonfly
Libellula vibrans
left Female Great Blue Skimmer Dragonfly Photograph right
2012 Photograph, Female Great Blue Skimmer Dragonfly (Libellula vibrans, Skimmer Family Libellulidae), Occoquan Bay NWR, Woodbridge, Virginia, © 2020.
Blue?  Well, eventually.  This is a juvenile female of the species.  Dragonflies go thorough a period of maturation after they emerge from the aquatic nymph stage.  During maturation, both sexes darken in color.  Males of this species also develop a waxy covering that produces a "bloom" over the surface of the abdomen.
Jian Zhe Li

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