Widow Skimmer

Dragonfly ID
August 1, 2009
This was taken in NJ 8/2/09. Can you you ID?
Thanks Brian
Williamstown NJ

Widow Skimmer
Widow Skimmer

Hi Brian,
This is a male Widow Skimmer, Libellula luctuosa.  According to BugGuide:  “Mature males have a large basal area of brown on each of the four wings, and each wing also has a whitish area roughly at the middle. Their brown bodies become increasingly pruinose (whitish) as they get older.  Females and immature males have the same brown wing bands as the mature males, but not the whitish areas. Wings usually have a brown tip. A dorsal view of the abdomen shows a brown band at center with a yellow stripe running along each side.
Since the body on your individual is pale lavender, we can deduce that it is a more mature male.

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