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Golden-winged Skimmer

Libellula auripennis

Description:

These dragons can be fairly common and are statewide in distribution in NC.

Habitat:

Wetlands

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2 Comments

chuck.replogle
chuck.replogle 8 years ago

Thank you so much for the correction. Based on the head shape and thorax coloring, I believe you are right that it is a Golden-winged Skimmer.

Geodialist
Geodialist 8 years ago

Hey Chuck! Eastern Amberwings are very small dragonflies. This dragonfly is either a Needham's Skimmer or Golden-winged Skimmer. According to Richard Orr, well-known mid-Atlantic Odonata expert, a good rule of thumb is if you spotted the red dragon along the Atlantic Coastal Plain then it's a Needham's.

chuck.replogle
Spotted by
chuck.replogle

North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Jul 3, 2012
Submitted on Jul 5, 2012

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