Sunday, July 10, 2011

Widow Skimmer

While on an unsuccessful search for nesting Sandhill Cranes just south of Northfield, John H. and I found Widow Skimmers in a wet meadow.  The female is pictured above, the male below.  Erika and I have since discovered this dragonfly within the city of Northfield.  The species is found across most of North America, although not in the Rocky Mountains.   Look for this species near permanent wetlands. Mead (2003) advises that the Widow Skimmer's wing pattern "is not matched by any other species."

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