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Great Blue Skimmer

Libellula vibrans


A healthy Great Blue Skimmer that appeared while we were washing our car. They are one of the largest skimmers and are common in the eastern US. It may be a southern quirk, but we call them (and other dragonflies) Snake Doctors.


Near any still source of water throughout the warm season, even standing water in ditches. They are carnivorous and love to eat mosquitoes and their larvae.


[Originally mistaken for Blue Dasher.] Additional Resource(s): Greg Lasley Photography: | Odonata Central:

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Matthew Hammond
Matthew Hammond 9 months ago

Thank you! I felt like there had to be something out there I was missing, even with the Blue Dasher Western varient. It still didn't feel quite right. About to head out to work but I will get this (and several others) updated asap when I'm home later!

ForestDragon 9 months ago

Beautiful dragonfly!

The size, resting position and markings on the wings look to more closely match a male Great Blue Skimmer.

Matthew Hammond
Spotted by
Matthew Hammond

Conway, Arkansas, USA

Spotted on Aug 19, 2019
Submitted on Oct 1, 2019

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