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Widow Skimmer

Libellula luctuosa

Description:

Scores of these buzzing around our wildflower garden (1/2 acre of native wildflowers).

Habitat:

Restored native prairie.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Widow Skimmer
Libellula luctuosa Widow Skimmer


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5 Comments

ConorSheaWing
ConorSheaWing 8 years ago

Okay I didn't see your first comment before I commented. I was saying that this spotting is a Female Widow Skimmer. I will leave comments for your other spottings you mentioned in a moment.

BrianEdmond
BrianEdmond 8 years ago

Is this spotting a male Widow Skimmer?

http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/273...

BrianEdmond
BrianEdmond 8 years ago

Great, thanks! Is the black coloring on the wings diagnostic for this species?

ConorSheaWing
ConorSheaWing 8 years ago

Lack of blue on wings/abdomen, and having yellow stripes on abdomen indicate female.

BrianEdmond
BrianEdmond 8 years ago

Thanks for the ID. I have another Widow Skimmer from a previous spotting, but it looks different. The body is a completely different color (though the black bars on the wings are similar and the overall shape and size is the same).

http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/774...

What do you think?

BrianEdmond
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BrianEdmond

Missouri, USA

Spotted on Jun 16, 2013
Submitted on Jun 18, 2013

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