Spangled Skimmer dragonfly (female) – 5/19/12

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/19/12

Observation Time: 5:40 p.m.

Observation Location: dirt road leading to Gavins Pond Dam

Common Name: Spangled skimmer dragonfly (female)

Scientific Name: Libellula cyanea

Comments: This photo is a female. Male spangled skimmers are slate blue. Hence the species name “cyanea” which refers to its cyan (blue) coloration.

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Spangled Skimmer Dragonfly