Bar-winged Skimmer dragonfly (mature male)

The following photographs show a Bar-winged Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula axilena) perching near a vernal pool at Huntley Meadows Park on 17 July 2014. This individual is a mature male (as indicated by its coloration, terminal appendages, and tattered wings) that has mated many times.

Males that have mated often have marks on their abdomen where the female legs have scratched them. This is especially obvious in species in which males develop pruinosity, as the pruinosity on the mid-abdomen is scratched off, and the signs are visible at some distance. Source Credit: Paulson, Dennis (2011-12-19). Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East (Princeton Field Guides) (Kindle Locations 390-392). Princeton University Press. Kindle Edition.

Bar-winged Skimmer dragonfly (adult male)

Bar-winged Skimmers are one of many species of dragonflies that perch with their front legs tucked behind their eyes/head.

Bar-winged Skimmer dragonfly (adult male)

The yellows and greens in the blurry background of the following photo are flowering partridge pea plants (Chamaecrista fasciculata), “a species of legume native to most of the eastern United States.”

Bar-winged Skimmer dragonfly (adult male)

Thanks to Matt Ryan, Naturalist, Huntley Meadows Park, for identifying the plant in the preceding photo.

Copyright © 2014 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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