Great Blue Skimmer dragonfly (male)


A Great Blue Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula vibrans), one of the larger skimmers, perched on a twig. Notice that the Great Blue Skimmer perches on four of six legs, with the two front legs curled around its head. This individual is a male, as indicated by its blue coloration. (Females exhibit brown coloration.)

I spotted this dragonfly during a photowalk through Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,425 acre wetland area in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Tech Tips: The preceding photo was post-processed using Apple “Aperture,” a professional-grade tool for organizing and adjusting photos.


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