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Slaty Skimmer (Male)

Libellula incesta


Dark blue dragonfly with black eyes and a small black bar on the end of the 1st set of wings.


Edge of the pond.

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ConorSheaWing 8 years ago

Thank you sir!

Geodialist 8 years ago

Photo 1: Slaty Skimmer dragonfly (male). 2: Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly (male), as indicated by its white terminal appendages. 3: Blue Dasher dragonfly (male). The custom on Project Noah is one species per spotting, so please break-out the photo set into two more spottings. Thank you!

ConorSheaWing 8 years ago

Thank you for all of your help! (:

Dragonfly Woman
Dragonfly Woman 8 years ago

I can't zoom into get a better look at the eyes, but if you don't think they're black, it's likely to be a great blue skimmer.

Lovely captures, by the way!

ConorSheaWing 8 years ago

I do not have another photo. If I were to have gotten a shot were he's facing me my shoes would've been soaked. But if you look closely they do look more blue than black.

Dragonfly Woman
Dragonfly Woman 8 years ago

The first one is a slaty skimmer for sure, but the third one is a different species, a blue dasher. You'll notice that the eyes are bright green and the body paler blue in the blue dasher, both good indications that it's a dasher. The one in the middle I'm less sure about - could be another slaty, but it's a little pale to be a slaty and it's too big to be a dasher. Do you have another shot that shows the eyes more clearly? If they're black, it's a slaty. If green, I would lean toward a great blue skimmer.

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Bear, Delaware, Delaware, USA

Spotted on Aug 30, 2013
Submitted on Aug 30, 2013

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