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Family Libellulidae - Skimmers

Roseate Skimmer, Female - Orthemis ferruginea Dragonfly ID Please - Libellula vibrans Common Whitetail - Plathemis lydia - female red dragon fly - Tramea carolina Dragonfly in southern Illinois swamp - Sympetrum vicinum - male - female Dusky blue dragonfly - Sympetrum pallipes Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera) - Perithemis tenera - male Santa Fe Dragonfly - Libellula saturata - female
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
Family Libellulidae (Skimmers)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
This is Libellulidae s.s. Some authors include Corduliidae amd Macromiidae as subfamilies within Libellulidae and treat this group as a subfamily.(1)
Numbers
109 spp. in 28 genera in our area(2), ca. 945 spp. in 143 genera worldwide(1)
Range
Cosmopolitan; in NA, south of the tree line
Works Cited
1.Dragonfly Genera of the New World
Rosser W. Garrison, Natalia von Ellenrieder, Jerry A. Louton. 2006. Johns Hopkins University Press.
2.Dragonfly Society of the Americas. 2012. North American Odonata