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Great Blue Skimmer dragonfly (male)

Libellula vibrans


I spotted a Great Blue Skimmer dragonfly, one of the larger skimmers. This individual is a male, as indicated by its blue coloration. (Females exhibit brown coloration.) Editor's Note: I shot this photo using an Apple iPhone 3GS. That means I had to get very close to the dragonfly to take a picture showing some detail. Dragonflies usually fly away when you get near them, but not this one. Call me crazy, but I think we bonded! I shot at least 20 photos of the dragonfly and it didn't move. (More photos in a follow-up spotting.) It blew my mind when the dragonfly flitted from its perch to land on my iPhone a few inches away. I wish I could have gotten a photo -- it was incredible!


Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,425 acre wetland area in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Related Resource:


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Virginia, USA

Spotted on Jun 13, 2011
Submitted on Jun 15, 2011


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