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Bar-winged Skimmer

Libellula axilena


One of the King Skimmers. Mature male is pruinose blue. Female and immature have standard king skimmer coloring of yellow abdomen and brown and white thorax. The pattern on the side of the thorax resembles a wolf head with snout and ears. This distinguishes it from the similar looking Slaty Skimmer. Individuals may or may not show barring on the wings, but always have small white markings on hind wing bases that look like the pruinosity rubbed off on them.


Small streams and pools in woods. They can be fairly abundant along small pools on small streams in fairly shaded, woody areas.

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Salley, South Carolina, USA

Spotted on Jul 7, 2006
Submitted on Sep 11, 2012

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