Widow Skimmers at Painted Turtle Pond

Several Widow Skimmer dragonflies (Libellula luctuosa) were spotted at Painted Turtle Pond, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Prince William County, Virginia USA.

Males

The following individuals are males, as indicated by the pattern of wing spots and their terminal appendages.

A Widow Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa) spotted at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Prince William County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male.

18 JUN 2016 | OBNWR | Widow Skimmer (male)

All four photos feature immature- to young males, as indicated by the female-like coloration of their abdomen. As mature males, their abdomen will be completely covered by white pruinescence.

A Widow Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa) spotted at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Prince William County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male.

18 JUN 2016 | OBNWR | Widow Skimmer (male)

A Widow Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa) spotted at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Prince William County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male.

18 JUN 2016 | OBNWR | Widow Skimmer (male)

A Widow Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa) spotted at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Prince William County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male.

18 JUN 2016 | OBNWR | Widow Skimmer (male)

Female

The last individual is a female, as indicated by the pattern of wing spots and her terminal appendages.

A Widow Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa) spotted at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Prince William County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female.

18 JUN 2016 | OBNWR | Widow Skimmer (female)

Copyright © 2016 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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