The Widow Skimmer

One of the dragonflies that is commonly seen in our flower garden is the widow skimmer, Libellula luctuosa.   I took this photograph of a female yesterday.

To me, the yellow markings on the thorax and abdomen of this dragonfly look like the spine of a child’s halloween skeleton costume.

Most dragonflies are sexually dimorphic, and this one is no exception.  Here is what the male looks like.

These are large dragonflies which are capable of strong flight.


About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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One Response to The Widow Skimmer

  1. Good imagination: I can see the spine of the child’s Halloween costume too.

    Steve Schwartzman

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