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Species Libellula cyanea - Spangled 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 cyanea (Spangled Skimmer)
One of 24 species in the genus.
40-48 mm.
Male thorax and abdomen blue. Eyes dark green to black; face black.

Female brown with yellow stripes. Clear wings with brown wing tips.

But watch for young males which have female coloration, but with clear wingtips (and claspers!):

Both genders: stigmas are half-black, half-white.
Eastern U.S. and as far west as Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Well-vegetated ponds and lakes; occasionally slow-moving areas of streams.
Primarily a summer species, but may be present in Spring and Fall as well.
Small flying insects.
See Also
Comanche Skimmer (Western Oklahoma, Central Texas westward)
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