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All-black Dragonfly

All-black Dragonfly
Everglades National Park, Florida, USA
March 16, 2011

Moved from Skimmers. Although it is likely that the suggestion of Slaty Skimmer is correct, I don't think this photo can be identified to species with certainty, so I'm sending it to "Frass".

All-black Dragonfly
Hi Chris,

Your black dragonfly doesn't resemble the species, Leucorrhinia, to me, and I believe they also have white faces, which yours doesn't. It looks very much like a male Slaty Skimmer to me, (Libellula incesta). Perhaps you photographed it on a cloudy day, or, in deep shade as I've had some look almost black before too when photographed in different light? Just my opinion, and I'm certainly not an expert. I spent the last two years photographing those species in my yard and surrounding area though and had to look them all up. :) Here's a link to a description of what is called the Black Dragonfly:

Moved from Dragonflies.

Moved from ID Request.

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