Great Blue Skimmer dragonfly (female)

A Great Blue Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula vibrans) spotted along the “Hike-Bike Trail” at Huntley Meadows Park. This individual is a female as indicated by its coloration, and by the flanges beneath its eighth abdominal segment (used to scoop and hold a few drops of water during oviposition). Remember that all dragonflies and damselflies have a 10-segmented abdomen, numbered from front to back.

The femora are pale over their basal half with the remaining length, tibiae and tarsi black. Source Credit: Great Blue Skimmer, Odonata Central.

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2 Responses to “Great Blue Skimmer dragonfly (female)”

  1. lcraven Says:

    Excellent detailed photos! Great work!

  2. Rosemary Says:

    Your images of the Great Blue Skimmer female match my photo more closely than anything else I’ve found on the internet. I spent a long time with this friendly lady, and her muted colors made i.d. difficult. The wing tip was the clincher.

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