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Species Libellula semifasciata - Painted Skimmer

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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 semifasciata (Painted Skimmer)
Length 4.3 cm
Resembles a Halloween Pennant with very faint pattern, but this is distinctive, once seen.
Eastern United States
Marshy ponds near woodlands, most common in coastal plain
Predatory on other insects
Life Cycle
Somewhat migratory. Appears briefly in some areas in spring and is then gone.
A subtly beautiful skimmer.
See Also
Celithemis eponina - Halloween Pennant
Print References
Dunkle, p. 174, plate 29 (1)