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Widow Skimmer Dragonfly: What a Treat to See

A female widow skimmer dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa) rests in the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

She probably eats a lot of mosquitoes. After all, we just observed National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, June 21-27, didn't we? We spotted this female widow skimmer...

A female widow skimmer dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa) rests in the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female widow skimmer dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa) rests in the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female widow skimmer dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa) rests in the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side view of a female widow skimmer dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa) in the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Side view of a female widow skimmer dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa) in the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side view of a female widow skimmer dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa) in the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, June 29, 2020 at 4:16 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

The Day a Widow Skimmer Came Calling

A mature male Libellula luctuosa, aka “Widow Skimmer,

Just as all lady bugs aren't ladies, all widow skimmer dragonflies aren't female. A mature male Libellula luctuosa, aka “Widow Skimmer," (as identified by Bohart...

A mature male Libellula luctuosa, aka “Widow Skimmer,
A mature male Libellula luctuosa, aka “Widow Skimmer," perches on a bamboo stake in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A mature male Libellula luctuosa, aka “Widow Skimmer," perches on a bamboo stake in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A strong gust of wind pushed the widow skimmer's wings below its body. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A strong gust of wind pushed the widow skimmer's wings below its body. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A strong gust of wind pushed the widow skimmer's wings below its body. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of mature male Libellula luctuosa, aka “Widow Skimmer.
Close-up of mature male Libellula luctuosa, aka “Widow Skimmer." This one was recently mated. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of mature male Libellula luctuosa, aka “Widow Skimmer." This one was recently mated.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 5:00 PM
 
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