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.
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.
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.
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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