More Painted Skimmer dragonflies (males)

Several Painted Skimmer dragonflies (Libellula semifasciata) were spotted on 31 May 2014 near a vernal pool in a relatively remote location in the forest at Huntley Meadows Park.

Habitat: Boggy ponds and ditches with much emergent vegetation, usually associated with woodland. Source Credit: Paulson, Dennis (2011-12-19). Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East (Princeton Field Guides) (Kindle Locations 8999-9000). Princeton University Press. Kindle Edition.

These individuals are males, as indicated by their terminal appendages.

Painted Skimmer dragonfly (male)

Painted Skimmer dragonfly (male)

Painted Skimmer dragonfly (male)

Painted Skimmer dragonfly (male)

Painted Skimmer dragonfly (male)

Painted Skimmer dragonfly (male)

Painted Skimmer dragonflies are somewhat similar in appearance to Calico Pennant dragonflies (Celithemis elisa) and Halloween Pennant dragonflies (Celithemis eponina).

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

Copyright © 2015 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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