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Northern Virginia Nature - Dragonflies

Photos courtesy of Judy Gallagher, Gary Myers & Kim Hosen

Skimmers (Family Libellulidae) are a large and common group of dragonflies. Skimmers get their name from the behaviour of females, which skim across the waters surface periodically dipping the tip of her abdomen into the water to deposit eggs. They are large, showy dragonflies with long wings that are often brightly colored. Males are usually more colorful than females. Most skimmer species live around slow moving water, such as ponds and wetland pools.

Widow Skimmer
Common Whitetail
Libellula pulchella
Painted Skimmer Dragonfly
Four-spotted Skimmer
Blue Corporal
Spangled Skimmer
Yellow-sided Skimmer
Needham"s Skimmer
Great BLue Skimmer
Slaty Skimmer
Autumn Meadowhawk
Sympetrum ambiguum
White-faced Meadowhawk
Blue Dasher
Eastern (Common) Pondhawk
Black Saddlebags
White-faced Meadowhawk
Carolina Saddlebags
Eastern Amberwing
Four-spotted Pennant
Calico Pennant
Halloween Pennant
Darners (Family Aeshnidae)
Clubtails (Family Gomphidae)
Russet-tipped Clubtail
Ashy Clubtail
Splendid Clubtail
Unicorn Clubtail
Eastern Ringtail
Common Sanddragon
Spiketails (Family Cordulegastridae)
Arrowhead Spiketail
Petaltails (Family Petaluridae)
Gray Petaltail