Slaty Skimmer Dragonfly
Libellula incesta


Photo courtesy Curtis Miyasaka
May 16, 2006
Copyright (c) 2006 C. M.

The Slaty Skimmer is an all black skimmer of the southeastern U.S. It can be very common in certain areas and uncommon in some parts of the Gulf Coast. The males are dark blue or nearly black, with a dark face and dark stigmas. Females and young males have a black stripe down the abdomen and a pale pattern on the side of the thorax that may resemble a wolf's head, a parrot's head or a rhinoceros head. This pattern is shared by a number of other dragonflies, so is not a good rule to follow when identifying. The overall coloration of these species may be brighter.

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