Widow Skimmer dragonfly (female)

How can you tell when a photographer is nearly as persistent as a dragonfly is skittish? Every photo in this blog post shows the subject against a different background!

The following Widow Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa) was spotted during a recent photowalk with Michael Powell at a location in Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

08 JUN 2020 | Fairfax County, VA | Widow Skimmer (female)

This individual is a female, as indicated by her coloration, pattern of wing spots, and terminal appendages.

08 JUN 2020 | Fairfax County, VA | Widow Skimmer (female)

The camera was set for Manual exposure using an aperture of f/6.3 and a shutter speed of 1/800 s. I knew the depth-of-field would be too shallow to show the subject in focus from head to tail, but I took the shot anyway because I wanted a good photo of her face plus it’s uncommon to get a look at the ventral side of a perched dragonfly.

08 JUN 2020 | Fairfax County, VA | Widow Skimmer (female)


Information regarding the preferred habitat for Widow Skimmer can be found by following the hyperlinks to authoritative references embedded in this post, including Dragonflies of Northern Virginia, BugGuide, and The Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina.

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2 Responses to “Widow Skimmer dragonfly (female)”

  1. Wally Jones Says:

    Yet another beauty we don’t have in our area. 😦
    Kudos on being determined in photographing her from different perspectives.

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