Widow Skimmers

Meet Libellula luctuosa, commonly known as “widow skimmer.” I saw this female on June 21.

and this male 4 days later.

Dragonflies and damselflies like our weed patch because of the insect smorgasbord it offers them. They perch on bare stalks and fly out to catch flying insects.

Dragonflies lay their eggs in or near water. We have an old small strip pit south of the house and a long one behind us. (We can see neither from the house.) Plus, I have a small water garden. Adults come to weedy places to feed and mature, then return to water to mate and lay their eggs.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Therese on June 29, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Cool! I see those all of the time at Mermet. Now, I know what I am looking at and attempting to photo. (darn things won’t stay still)


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