Widow Skimmer

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

The widow skimmer has distinctive dark wing markings that seem like mourning garb. Females and young males usually have brownish wingtips, and the abdomen has a brown stripe down the center flanked by two yellow stripes. Mature males have white areas in the center of their wings, beside the dark patches.

Learn more about the widow skimmer and other dragonflies (suborder Anisoptera) in their group entry.

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