widow skimmer

(Libellula luctuosa)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

widow skimmer

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common

Flight/Season

Early April to mid-October

Habitat

Ponds, marshes, lakes, and streams.

Size

Total Length: 113 16

 

Identification

 

 
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Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 7, 16, 17, 18, 24, 29.

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Taxonomy

Order:

Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)

 

Suborder:

Epiprocta

 

Infraorder:

Anisoptera (dragonflies)

 

Superfamily:

Cavilabiata

 

Family:

Libellulidae (skimmers)

 
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Common
Names

widow skimmer


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)
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Records of Libellula luctuosa (Widow Skimmer).

 
     

 

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  "Widow and Twelve-spotted Skimmer dragonfly"
Dan W. Andree
 
   
 
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Published on Aug 11, 2016

Two dragonflies somewhat similar in color but quite different overall. This video shows some differences between a Widow and a Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Both were adult males. Somewhat similar in size though the Twelve-spotted is a little larger of the two.

 
     
     
     

Other Videos

 
  Widow Skimmer Dragonfly (Libellulidae: Libellula luctuosa) Female on Stick
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jul 2, 2011

Photographed at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (29 June 2011). Thank you to John and Jane Balaban (@Bugguide.net) for confirming the identity and sex of this species!

 
     
  Widow Skimmer (Libellulidae: Libellula luctuosa) on Stem
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jul 11, 2009

Photographed at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (11 July 2009).

 
     
  Widow Skimmer
Stoil Ivanov
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jul 3, 2011

Widow Skimmer ( Libellula luctuosa ) male first than female filmed at Goose Lake Prairie Illinois 7-03-2011.

 
     
  Widow Skimmer Dragonfly on June 28, 2013
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Published on Jul 2, 2013

A male Widow Skimmer Dragonfly at the Bluff Fen Nature Preserve in Elgin, Illinois.

 
     

 

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7/11/2018

Location: Hole-in-the-Mountain Prairie

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6/12/2016

Location: Fort Snelling State Park

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