Posts Tagged ‘widow skimmer’

Blue Dasher

The numbers of butterflies and dragonflies were extremely low in southern Illinois last summer.

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I think this dragonfly was a male blue dasher.

I don’t need a name to enjoy things I find. Just the discovery and observations are enough … plus taking pictures if it cooperates.

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This widow skimmer landed right in front of me. I took this to mean it wanted in the blog too.

Dragonflies in the Yard

So far the butterflies are almost nonexistent this summer. I could probably count all I’ve seen on one hand.

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So, I’ve switched to dragonflies instead. Their numbers are relatively low. At least they’re in the yard.

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Male widow skimmer

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This is another widow skimmer. It’s fresher than the one above. This was the only angle it cooperated for.

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Female widow skimmer

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Halloween pennant — it’s the first I’ve seen this summer.

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I have yet to identify the dragonfly above and the one below.

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It’s like I’ve said before, I don’t need a name to enjoy the find.

Pair Widow Skimmers

Dragonfly numbers have been low so far this year.

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This female widow skimmer is one of the few I’ve photographed this summer.

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The male widow skimmer landed right in front of me. Their range covers most of the U.S. except out west from Montana down to Nevada and Utah.

I hope dragonfly numbers increase in our yard.

Evening Loop of Backyard

I start a loop walk of my backyard before going in for the night.

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Widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa) rests in the love-in-the-mist.

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Love-in-the-mist (Nigella sp.) is an annual

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and has an interesting seed capsule.

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A crustose lichen grows on the old pear tree. I refuse to cut down what’s left of the tree’s skeleton.

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This moth posed for only two more pictures after this one. A little light orange shows on the tip of its abdomen and on the leading edge of its forewing.

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I found this oddity in the grass. The white fluff was all I saw at first, until I started to pick it up … there was a dead caterpillar attached to it … it looked dead.  If anyone knows what the white fluff is, I’m interested in knowing.

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It is a perennial. This one stands five feet tall and soon will display its flowers.

Backlit

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Widow skimmer dragonfly

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 The combination of colors, shapes and the backlighting creates an interesting abstract design.

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.