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