Widow Skimmer

Libellula luctuosa

The Widow Skimmer is one of the group of dragonflies known as King Skimmers. The species can be found commonly across much of the United States and in southern Ontario and Quebec.
Widow Skimmer This female Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa) has attached herself to the long grasses next to the road at Alleyn-et-Cawood, Quebec, Canada. Conservation Status: vulnerable (S3) in Québec, CA (NatureServe). Alleyn-et-Cawood,Canada,Geotagged,Libellula luctuosa,Quebec,Summer,Widow Skimmer,dragonfly

Appearance

Adults have a steely blue body area but juveniles are yellow with brown stipes. Wings of both sexes are marked with prominent black basal bands. Adult males develop broad white spots at midwing. The nymphs live in the water, molting and growing until they are ready to emerge from the water and then molting a final time to reveal their wings.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderOdonata
FamilyLibellulidae
GenusLibellula
SpeciesL. luctuosa