More Painted Skimmer dragonflies (males)

Several male Painted Skimmer dragonflies (Libellula semifasciata) were spotted on 06 June 2014 near a vernal pool in a relatively remote location in the forest at Huntley Meadows Park.

Painted Skimmer dragonflies do not display sexual dimorphism, that is, males and females are nearly identical in appearance except for their terminal appendages. Also notice the faces of male Painted Skimmers are white and red, like their faces are “sunburned”; female faces are white and tan.

Painted Skimmer dragonfly (male)

The “sparkling bokeh” background shown in some of the photos was caused by out-of-focus points of light reflected from the water surface of the vernal pool below the dragonfly.

Painted Skimmer dragonfly (male)

Painted Skimmer dragonfly (male)

Painted Skimmer dragonfly (male)

Copyright © 2014 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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3 Responses to “More Painted Skimmer dragonflies (males)”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Wonderful shots, Walter, of a particularly beautiful dragonfly species. I especially like the third image.

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

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