Needham’s Skimmer dragonfly (male)

A Needham’s Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula needhami) spotted along the boardwalk that goes through the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park. This individual is a male, as indicated by its reddish-orange coloration and the terminal appendages at the end of its abdomen.

Needham’s Skimmer dragonflies and Golden-winged Skimmer dragonflies (Libellula auripennis) are similar in appearance. Refer to the following gallery of graphics for aid in identifying the two species. Row 1: Diagnosis of Libellula needhami; Diagnosis of Libellula auripennis. Row 2: Diagnostic features of several specimens of Libellula needhami (Needham’s Skimmer); Diagnostic features of several specimens of Libellula auripennis (Golden-winged Skimmer). Source Credit: Graphics used with written permission from Gayle and Jeanell Strickland.

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