Widow Skimmer dragonfly (immature male)

Widow Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa) was spotted on 06 June 2015 during a photowalk at Huntley Meadows Park (HMP). This individual is an immature male, as indicated by its coloration and terminal appendages. Immature males look similar to female Widow Skimmers.

A Widow Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is an immature male.

06 JUN 2015 | HMP | Widow Skimmer (immature male)

As a mature male, this specimen will develop white pruinescence on its body as well as white wing spots (located between the dark wing spots and pterostigmata). The white wing spots are faintly visible in some photos, such as the one shown below.

A Widow Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is an immature male.

06 JUN 2015 | HMP | Widow Skimmer (immature male)

A Widow Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is an immature male.

06 JUN 2015 | HMP | Widow Skimmer (immature male)

I’m especially fond of head-tilts in which the dragonfly seems to display some of its personality. Sometimes I tend to project my thoughts into the mind of the dragonflies I photograph. After following this guy from perch-to-perch, I’m guessing he was thinking, “Hey pal, please stop following me!”

A Widow Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is an immature male.

06 JUN 2015 | HMP | Widow Skimmer (immature male)

A Widow Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is an immature male.

06 JUN 2015 | HMP | Widow Skimmer (immature male)

A Widow Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is an immature male.

06 JUN 2015 | HMP | Widow Skimmer (immature male)

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

  • Genus Libellula | Libellula luctuosa | Widow Skimmer | male | top view
  • Genus Libellula | Libellula luctuosa | Widow Skimmer | male | side view
  • Genus Libellula | Libellula luctuosa | Widow Skimmer | female | top view
  • Genus Libellula | Libellula luctuosa | Widow Skimmer | female | side view

Editor’s Note: With no disrespect intended toward Kevin Munroe, whom I admire and respect, I feel compelled to point out an error on Kevin’s Widow Skimmer page. In the lower-right corner of page 2, an immature male is misidentified as a female. Believe me when I tell you Kevin’s expertise far exceeds mine, but hey, only someone like me with a fixation on odonate terminal appendages would have recognized the immature male’s claspers!

Copyright © 2015 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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