Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington

TaxonomyBrowseInfoImagesLinksBooksData
Photo#120054
Dragonfly - Libellula auripennis - female

Dragonfly - Libellula auripennis - Female
Greenwood Forest, Pine Barrens, Ocean County, New Jersey, USA
June 16, 2007

Moved
Moved from Libellula.

Golden-winged
Again, I agree with June that this looks like a female Golden-winged. Costa is nice and pale throughout.

Moved
Moved from Dragonflies.

I think it's a female Golden-winged Skimmer,
Libellula auripennis. There is also the possibility of Needham's Skimmer, since the two are very hard to tell apart. This one has a wider black stripe on the top of the abdomen than I'm used to seeing in Needham's Skimmer, though. Also the legs look jet black rather than the lighter color of Needham's.

I agree that the abdomen looks too narrow for Yellow-sided Skimmer, Libellula flavida. I hope Cliff comments, since he lives in New Jersey.

With those very yellow sides
to the thorax and the dark leading edge of the wing, we were tempted to say Libellula flavida, female. But Gayle pointed out that we should see dark streaks in the basal area of each wing which we don't think we see here and the abdomen on yours is long and slender as opposed to the short stocky abdomen of flavida. Hopefully we'll here from June or Cliff or Gayle and see what it really is!

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.