Jun 23 2013
When I first saw this cool photo of a dragonfly I thought, “I know the name of that bug.” No. I did not.
I confess I don’t pay much attention to insects unless they’re big and beautiful. Dragonflies fall into that category but I don’t know many names. The strikingly white tail on mature male Common Whitetails (Plathemis lydia) caught my attention years ago. They have black and clear wings so I made a connection but…
This is a Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa), a different genus but in the same family (Libellulidae). If I’d paid attention I would have noticed that the Widow Skimmer’s wing pattern is black-white-clear while the male Whitetail’s is clear-black-clear. Click here for a look at the Whitetail.
Dragonfly season is upon us. Now I have something new to study in July.
(photo by Charlie Hickey)
p.s. Charlie tamed the wind to get this exceptionally sharp photo. Click on the image to read how he did it.