A Slaty Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula incesta) was spotted at Huntley Meadows Park. This individual is a mature male, as indicated by its coloration and terminal apppendages. A male Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis) is shown in the background.

These two males were rivals, competing for one of two perches overlooking a wetland pool. I was amused by the smaller Blue Dasher’s aggressive behavior as he buzzed the larger Slaty Skimmer repeatedly, trying to recapture the prized perch he occupied before the Slaty showed up.

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