Monday, July 4, 2016

Widow Skimmer

This series of photograph shows maturing, male Widow Skimmers. As they age, the wings become darker and acquire a white pruinescene. The first picture was taken on 12 June in the St. Olaf College Natural Lands. We encountered the next skimmer on 6 June in the Carleton College arboretum.
We found this last Widow Skimmer on 27 June near Red Wing, Minnesota. I noticed in Odonata Central that Goodhue County lacked a record for this abundant species. Erika and I easily rectified this cataloging omission. Scott King wrote me that searching for these skimmers was akin to picking “pretty low hanging fruit.”

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