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Species Libellula needhami - Needham's Skimmer

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
Family Libellulidae (Skimmers)
Genus Libellula
Species needhami (Needham's Skimmer)
Size
5 cm
Identification
Gayle & Jeanell have just done some nice work figuring out the differences between needhami and auripennis, which can be found here. Gayle reports "For highest resolution, click on "get original uploaded photo", which appears below each image.
The high resolution files are 400-450K and might take a while to download with a dial-up connection. If your monitor resizes these higher resolution images, the full size can be restored by clicking on the "expand" icon which usually appears in the lower right corner of the resized image."
Range
Gulf and U.S. Atlantic Coast, common. (1)
Habitat
Breeds in brackish, mineralized, or fertilized waters, including marshes, lakes, ponds, tidal rivers, and canals. (1)
Remarks
Males are best separated from male Golden-Wings by redder face and body, along with brown lower hindlegs and less orange wings. Female and juvenile male Needham's best separated from Golden-Wings by lateral thoracic pattern, augmented by the two-toned costa. (1)