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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Family Libellulidae - Skimmers

Golden-winged or Needham's Skimmer? - Libellula needhami - female Halloween Pennant? - Celithemis eponina Slaty Skimmer - Libellula incesta - male Slaty Skimmer - Libellula incesta Blue Dasher - Pachydiplax longipennis - female Dragonflies - Sympetrum corruptum - male - female screech - Erythrodiplax berenice dragonfly Bitter Lake - Macrodiplax balteata - 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