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Species Libellula flavida - Yellow-sided Skimmer

Yellow-sided Skimmer - Libellula flavida - male 16th Dragon of the Season - Libellula flavida - male AL - Dragonfly - Libellula flavida AL - Dragonfly - Libellula flavida Yellow-sided Skimmer - Libellula flavida - male Yellow sided skimmer - Libellula flavida - male Libellula flavida Libellula flavida
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 flavida (Yellow-sided Skimmer)
Length 4.8 cm
Adult male is like a Spangled Skimmer, but lacks the white spot on wings. Side of abdomen is yellow. Female is also like female Spangled Skimmer, but has more yellow on abdomen. See references.
Eastern United States, local, most common in coastal plain
Seeps and bogs
Predatory on other insects
Life Cycle
Forages from weed stems in clearings. Males patrol and defend small pools.
Print References
Dunkle, page 178, plate 31 (1)
Internet References
Giff Beaton's page on King Skimmers includes this species.