Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Dragonfly: Spangled Skimmer (Libellula cyanea)

We’ve seen quite a few Spangled Skimmers (Libellula cyanea) this Spring. More than usual it seems. The females appeared first followed, it seemed, a couple of weeks later by the males. The Spangled Skimmers are easy to recognize because of the white cells on leading edge of the front wings.


Greene County, 2012
From a distance

Greene County, 2012
From a slightly different angle

Greene County, 2012

Greene County, 2012

Wilkes County, 2010
Closer views are possible when they become a little more comfortable with our presence. I like the last one for the detail on the eye.

Greene County, 2012
A close-up view of the veining in the wing.


Jasper County, 2011
From a distance, moving...

Greene County, 2012
closer, and…

Greene County, 2012

Note: Please check out this site: Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata) of Georgia

I discovered it just recently and it’s my primary reference site now. Great photographs with distribution maps.
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Identification resources:

- Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata) of Georgia
: Spangled Skimmer (Libellula_cyanea)
- BugGuide: Spangled Skimmer
(Libellula_cyanea) [Male] [Female]

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