Widow Skimmer
Male and Female
Libellula luctuosa
October 16, 2011

  Generally, I find it difficult enough to identify most dragonflies (although the Web has certainly made ID easier than it has been). Anyway, imagine my surprise when I first came across the male widow dragonfly and a week later the female.

Both male and female have a striking appearance. First, here's the guy:

Male widow skimmer
  The widow skimmer Libellula luctuosa is modest size (somewhat less than 2 inches) but a strong flyer. (Dumb name though: "widow" skimmer. Surely naturalists could have done better.)

The female lacks the white wing spots but has a more colorful body.

Female widow skimmer
  Well, colorful in the sense that she has a yellow stripe.

Photo note: The photos were taken in the Toftrees game land during mid-August 2011, and I used the Pentax K20D, with the Sigma 150-500mm lens and Voigtlander 125mm macro, respectively.

Flying dragonflies and an eastern pondhawk

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