Widow Skimmer

by Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D. on August 25, 2010

This is a male Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa).  I photographed him in front of the house, near my pasture.  The nearest water is about 400 yards, but I see these dragonflies around the house a lot.  They like to hunt where the porch light is at night. They also scoop insects from the white paneling on the front of the house during the day.  I guess the contrast between the white paneling and the surrounding green (or burnt to a crisp yellow, this time of year) attracts them.

Widow Skimmer dragonfly

  • Mosquito-eating dragonflies on the rise (cbc.ca)
  • The Dragonfly Woman (scienceblogs.com)
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edpilolla August 27, 2010 at 2:08 am

i love this photo. that is not the typical dragonfly one sees. cool!
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