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Odonata ID help needed (1 Viewer)


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found these two 2 days ago in between sind fields (there are some smaller lakes bearbeiten) near Mönchengladbach, Germany. Both were on their last legs but still alive. First one I am pretty sure is a female black-tailed skimmer. Second one I am not sure thought about an old female of the same species. What do you think?

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Paul Winter
Thank you!
As a beginner I am still amazed about the colour variation within a species
Even a lot of experienced folk get fooled by the colours - mostly with old females which become either blue (skimmers / chasers) or red (darters) :)


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