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Blue Dasher - Pachydiplax longipennis - male
Blue Dasher - Pachydiplax longipennis - Male
Rt 326, west of Ocala, Levy County, Florida, USA
August 7, 1999

Widow Skimmer - Libellula luctuosa - female
Widow Skimmer - Libellula luctuosa - Female
Bunker Hill Forest Preserve, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
June 26, 2004
The female has black shading on the tips of the wings. This is in an open oak savanna within the city limits of Chicago.

Widow Skimmer - Libellula luctuosa - male
Widow Skimmer - Libellula luctuosa - Male
Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation, Shannon County, South Dakota, USA
August 5, 1971
Mature male with blue abdomen.

Widow Skimmer - Libellula luctuosa - male
Widow Skimmer - Libellula luctuosa - Male
Gladstone Fen, Woodstock, McHenry County, Illinois, USA
July 7, 2004
Along a farm pond above the fen.

Widow Skimmer - Libellula luctuosa - male
Widow Skimmer - Libellula luctuosa - Male
Harms Woods, Glenview, Cook County, Illinois, USA
July 5, 2000
In a sunny opening in an oak woodland of the Cook County Forest Preserve District.

Juvenile Female Slaty Skimmer - Nope, Bar-winged - Libellula axilena - female
Juvenile Female Slaty Skimmer - Nope, Bar-winged - Libellula axilena - Female
Thorpe Reservoir, near Glenville, Jackson County, North Carolina, USA
April 5, 1987
2 of 2 images of this specimen.
We're thinking this is L.incesta from the color pattern of the thorax, but a lot of the female Libellulas look very similar. Please let us know if we're right or wrong.

Slaty Skimmer - Nope, Bar-winged - Libellula axilena - female
Slaty Skimmer - Nope, Bar-winged - Libellula axilena - Female
Thorpe Reservoir, near Glenville, Jackson County, North Carolina, USA
April 5, 1987
1 of 2 images of this specimen.
Closer view of the thorax.

Eastern Forktail - Ischnura verticalis - female
Eastern Forktail - Ischnura verticalis - Female
Bunker Hill Forest Preserve, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
July 31, 1995
In an open savanna within the city limits of Chicago.

Emerging larva
Emerging larva
Camel Lake, Quetico Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
June 22, 1975
2 of 2 images of this specimen.
This Gomphidae larva climbed up on a rock in the morning and we got to watch the adult emerge.

Emerging larva
Emerging larva
Camel Lake, Quetico Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
June 22, 1975
1 of 2 images of this specimen.
About 5 minutes later, the larva is 3/4 of the way out.