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Great Blue Skimmer

Libellula vibrans


I heard a loud insectoid mid-air collision, and then this appeared on a cattail leaf. Apparently the female is not always an initially willing participant in this activity, and the males come swooping in and grab them. I'm guessing from this pose here, though, that she has given in. This lasted less than a minute and then they parted ways.


In the marshy areas around the boardwalk of Huntley Meadows.

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AshleyBradford 11 years ago

Ah! Thanks for clearing that up - I'll remove it from the DC-only one.

KarenL 11 years ago

Great capture Ashley!
We will look into the duplicate missions.

AshleyBradford 11 years ago

Thanks! And thanks for the mission suggestions. It looks like there are redundant missions though, no? "Wildlife of Metropolitan Washington, D.C." and "Wildlife of Washington, D.C."

Geodialist 12 years ago

I suggest you add this spotting to the Global Dragonflies & Damselflies mission too.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 12 years ago

what detail - great photography !

KarenL 12 years ago

Great capture!

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Virginia, USA

Spotted on Dec 21, 2011
Submitted on Dec 21, 2011

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