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Family Libellulidae - Skimmers

Gray-waisted Skimmer, male, back view - Cannaphila insularis - male Widow Skimmer - Libellula luctuosa - female Common White Tail - Plathemis lydia - female Dragonfly - Erythemis simplicicollis - male Widow Skimmer Libellula luctuosa - Libellula luctuosa Twelve-spotted Skimmer - Libellula pulchella - female Frosted whiteface - Leucorrhinia frigida - female Black and Yellow Dragonfly - Libellula luctuosa - 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