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Great Blue Skimmer (Female)

Libellula vibrans

9 Comments

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

I will be sure to! :)

Definitely comment when BugGuide ID's it. I'm really curious now :)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Okay, thanks again, Cindy! I will put the ID as L. vibrans. I will try to verify it with BugGuide, too, when I get the chance! Thanks again! :D

I think the eye color is variable. It may be due to age or lighting. Here's an example that's similar to yours http://bugguide.net/node/view/201268/bgi... Again, if you're not sure, you can always just have the genus name.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Okay. Do you know why L. vibrans has red eyes in the BugGuide photos?

Yes, the top of the legs. In L. incesta, they're completely black. You could always just say Libellula sp if the species is questionable. I do that a lot!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

With the legs, are you talking about at the top, how they are brownish?

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Hi Cindy! Thanks! I think you actually may be right with L. incesta because the legs to me appear to just be reflecting off of the light. It looks like L. vibrans usually has red eyes, as the females do in the BugGuide link. What do you think?

I changed my mind on the ID :) I originally had the Slaty Skimmer (L. incesta) but then noticed the legs on this one were not entirely black. That's one thing that separates the females between the two species.

Jacob Gorneau
Spotted by
Jacob Gorneau

New York, USA

Spotted on Jun 7, 2012
Submitted on Jun 9, 2012

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