Content tagged with "dragonfly"

Eastern Pondhawk, Male

Photo of an Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly, 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. More

Elfin Skimmer (Bluebell Dragonfly)

Photo of female Elfin Skimmer or Bluebell Dragonfly on flower
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. More

Emeralds of the Ozarks

Hine's emerald dragonfly
Rare and beautiful dragonflies of Missouri. More

Hine's Emerald Dragonfly Best Management Practices

Manage your Missouri wetlands to conserve this endangered species. More

Plants and Animals

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

Pond Dragons

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These streamlined insects fluttered around dinosaurs. More

Slaty Skimmer, Female

Photo of a Slaty Skimmer dragonfly, 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. More

Slaty Skimmer, Male

Photo of a Slaty Skimmer dragonfly, 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. More

Spangled Skimmer, Female

Photo of a Spangled Skimmer dragonfly, 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. More

Spangled Skimmer, Male

Photo of a Spangled Skimmer dragonfly, 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. More