More Painted Skimmer dragonflies (males)

Several Painted Skimmer dragonflies (Libellula semifasciata) were spotted on 25 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.

Awash with rich colors including orange, yellow, and red, Painted Skimmer dragonflies may be migratory.

Some Painted Skimmers appear in spring in the northern states and extreme southern Canada before they would have emerged locally, presumably migrants. They have also been observed in autumn along the northeast coast in apparent directional flight. Source Credit: Field Guide to Migratory Dragonflies.

The following photos show two males, as indicated by their terminal appendages.

Male 1

Painted Skimmer dragonfly (male)

Painted Skimmer dragonfly (male)

Painted Skimmer dragonfly (male)

Male 2

Painted Skimmer dragonfly (male)

Painted Skimmer dragonfly (male)

Painted Skimmer dragonfly (male)

Editor’s Note: Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time?

Copyright © 2015 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Wonderful shots of some real beauties. I love the effect of the bokeh ball in the final three shots–gives them a Hollywood quality.

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