Widow Skimmer Dragonfly

Bug, dragonfly, Identification / Monday, May 21st, 2012

At first glance, you’ll notice how similar the coloring of this widow skimmer dragonfly is to the twelve-spotted dragonfly I posted yesterday.  By looking closely at the pattern of black and white spots you can tell the difference.  This particular widow skimmer is a male.  The females have a yellow/orange and black body and lack the white markings on the wings.

Find Them
Dragonflies lay their eggs in the water, so if you want to see them up-close-and-personal just head to your nearest healthy lake or pond.  Found throughout most of the US and some parts of Canada.  This photo was taken at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois.

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