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Great Blue Skimmer

Libellula vibrans

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

[Originally mistaken for Blue Dasher.] Additional Resource(s): Greg Lasley Photography: http://greglasley.com/content/NorthAmeri... | Odonata Central: https://www.odonatacentral.org/index.php...

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2 Comments

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
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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