2023 · Days of The Week · Wildlife Wednesday

Widow Skimmer Dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa)

Widow Skimmers are large, beautiful dragonflies that are very common in certain areas and are usually found in wetlands and ponds. This dragonfly is easy to identify because no other dragonfly has a similar wing marking pattern in our area. Like most other dragonflies, the widow skimmer male is territorial and may patrol very large areas to search for females and to chase off other males. After mating, the female usually lays her eggs alone in shallow ponds or lakes. However, if there are many other males around, the original male may jealously guard her while she is laying to make sure some other male doesn’t interfere.

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