The books claim that these are difficult to distinguish from Orthetrum cancellatum (the Black-tailed Skimmer) though, once seen, I’m not certain they are.
- ♂ – white anal appendages; ♀ – white S10 & appendages
- black pterostigma
- mature ♂ – pruinose abdomen with black tip
- mature ♂ – pale bands on side of thorax
- dorsally pale over thorax and between wing roots