Friday, August 20, 2010

Spangled Skimmer Dragonfly (Libellula cyanea)

Spangled Skimmer Dragonfly (Libellula cyanea)

A bit torn and tattered, but still able to catch insects like this Spotted Cucumber Beetle removed from our garden.

Spangled Skimmers are common in eastern North America as far west as Kansas and Texas.  Males are blue.  Females are brown with yellow stripes.  They prefer well-vegetated ponds and lakes and slow-moving sections of streams.  (BugGuide)



KaHolly said...

He may be a bit torn and tattered, but he's a real beauty!! Such a brilliant blue. Nice capture. ~karen

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Beautiful capture. This guy has been in some battles.

Birdy Official said...

That's a wonderful species Marvin. Your knowledge about dragonfly is very inspiring. I'm not very happy with my dragonflies identification skills and that's why I always differ posting them on my blog.

Marvin said...

Thank you for your comments.

Birdy: Without an online resource like BugGuide helping with IDs, I probably wouldn't be able to correctly identify 10% of the insects I post. I think you do a fantastic job of identifying the insects on your blog.

Lana Gramlich said...

Gotta love the dragonflies. :)