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Photo of an Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly, male

Eastern Pondhawk, Male

The eastern pondhawk, Erythemis simplicicollis, is in the large family of dragonflies called skimmers. Although young males are green with black abdomen spots, older males have a blue abdomen and green face. Sparring males engage in fascinating aerial maneuvers.

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Photo of female Elfin Skimmer or Bluebell Dragonfly on flower

Elfin Skimmer (Bluebell Dragonfly)

The elfin skimmer, or bluebell, Nannothemis bella, is a tiny dragonfly that grows to only about ¾ inch long. Males are pale blue, with white on the face, and have a club-shaped abdomen. Females resemble wasps, with black and yellow bands.

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Hine's emerald dragonfly

Emeralds of the Ozarks

Rare and beautiful dragonflies of Missouri.

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Manage your Missouri wetlands to conserve this endangered species.

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Plants and Animals

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"Plants and Animals" for the July 2009 Missouri Conservationist.

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Pond Dragons

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These streamlined insects fluttered around dinosaurs.

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Photo of a Slaty Skimmer dragonfly, female

Slaty Skimmer, Female

The slaty skimmer, Libellula incesta, has a body about 2 inches long. Young males and females have brown abdomens and a dark stripe running down the back. Each of the four wings has a dark spot on the outer leading edge.

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Photo of a Slaty Skimmer dragonfly, male

Slaty Skimmer, Male

The slaty skimmer, Libellula incesta, has a body about 2 inches long. Mature males are all slate blue with black heads. Each of the four wings has a dark spot on the outer leading edge.

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Photo of a Spangled Skimmer dragonfly, female

Spangled Skimmer, Female

The spangled skimmer, Libellula cyanea, grows to nearly 2 inches long. Each of the 4 wings has a white spot beside a black spot on the outer leading edge. Females are dark brown with lengthwise yellow stripes, and darkish wingtips.

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Photo of a Spangled Skimmer dragonfly, male

Spangled Skimmer, Male

The spangled skimmer, Libellula cyanea, grows to nearly 2 inches long. Each of the 4 wings has a white spot beside a black spot on the outer leading edge. Males are blue with a dark head.

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