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Widow Skimmer dragonfly

Libellula luctuosa

Description:

This dragonfly has a blue body...however in the pictures above it looks white. It has a large head, and has brown and white markings on the wings. This is a male.

Habitat:

I found this guy in a pond setting at a botanical garden in Austin, Texas. Widow Skimmers can be found in muddy substrates, lakes, streams, ponds, and creeks. They can be found throughout the U.S. and in southern Ontario and Quebec.

Notes:

This was the best day ever! We saw so many dragonflies, as well as damselflies. FUN FACTS: 1. The Widow Skimmer's name derives from the male leaving the female after she lays her eggs. 2. They are also known as "king" skimmers. Ref: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1846905

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Spotted on Jul 26, 2019
Submitted on Jul 3, 2020

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