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Widow Skimmer (Female)

Libellula luctuosa


This widow skimmer is approximately 2 inches long. Its wingspan is about 3 inches long. It is mainly black with vertical yellow stripes along its thorax and abdomen. The wings are half black, half clear with black stigma.


"The widow skimmer commonly inhabits areas surrounding ponds, marshes, lakes, pools and slow streams. Areas with plentiful vegetation are preferred, with the vegetation used as a perch. This species is also common far away from water in open country, meadows and roadsides" (Widescreen Arkive).


Found in the garden after light rain.

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Dublin, Ohio, USA

Spotted on Aug 16, 2014
Submitted on Aug 16, 2014

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