Spangled Skimmer

Photo of a Spangled Skimmer dragonfly, male
Scientific Name
Libellula cyanea
Libellulidae (skimmers) in the order Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)

The spangled skimmer 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. Females are dark brown with lengthwise yellow stripes, and darkish wingtips. Learn more about the spangled skimmer and other dragonflies (suborder Anisoptera) in their group entry.

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