Painted Skimmer dragonfly (male)

Painted Skimmer dragonfly (male)

I spotted several Painted Skimmer dragonflies (Libellula semifasciata) on 23 May 2014 near a vernal pool in a relatively remote location in the forest at Huntley Meadows Park. This individual is a male, as indicated by its terminal appendages.

Notice the first two-thirds of the Painted Skimmer’s abdomen is translucent, revealing air spaces inside its body. Some experts think this adaptation provides thermal insulation that enables Painted Skimmer dragonflies to survive in colder climates.

Editor’s Note: Although I saw a Painted Skimmer dragonfly along the Hike-Bike Trail a couple of years ago, coincidentally on 23 May 2012, this is the first one I was able to photograph. Please stay tuned for several upcoming posts featuring many photos of male- and female Painted Skimmer dragonflies.

Copyright © 2014 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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2 Responses to “Painted Skimmer dragonfly (male)”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Gorgeous image of a beautiful dragonfly. I can’t wait to see the rest.

  2. Terminal appendages (male, female) | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

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