Slaty Skimmer dragonfly (mature male)

Slaty Skimmer dragonflies (Libellula incesta) are common at Huntley Meadows Park. This individual was spotted on 22 July 2014 near a vernal pool in the forest; it is a mature male, as indicated by its coloration and terminal appendages.

Slaty Skimmer dragonfly (mature male)

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.

Slaty Skimmer dragonfly (mature male)

Slaty Skimmer, the common name for Libella incesta, is derived from slate, a relatively common metamorphic rock that is often blue-black in color.

Slaty Skimmer dragonfly (mature male)

Related Resources: Digital Dragonflies, presenting high-resolution digital scans of living dragonflies.

  • Genus Libellula | Libellula incesta | Slaty Skimmer | male | top view
  • Genus Libellula | Libellula incesta | Slaty Skimmer | male | side view

Copyright © 2014 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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