Widow Skimmer Dragonfly
Libellula luctuosa

The Widow Skimmer Dragonfly got its name from the fact that it's the only female dragonfly who is deserted by the male at the time eggs are laid, all others are attended by a male companion standing nearby.

The body of Widow is long, slender, usually brown or black and often having bright markings on the otherwise transparent wing tips. The wings are held straight out from the body at rest; the hindwings are wider at the base than the forewings. Its preferred habitat is marshes, fields near lakes, streams and ponds. The nymphs hatch in winter.

Photo courtesy Curtis Miyasaka
October 26, 2006
Copyright (c) 2006 Curtis Miyasaka

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