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I looked and looked for dragonflies last year …and one lucky day came upon some at the lake by where I live in Amherst, Virginia.
Taken with my Canon Powershot SX110 IS

Widow Skimmer
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Widow Skimmer is one of the group of dragonflies known as King Skimmers. The species occurs commonly across much of the United States except in the higher Rocky Mountains areas.

It has a steely blue body area. Wings of both sexes are marked with prominent black basal bands. Adult males develop broad white spots at midwing.

This dragonfly got the “widow” name because the male doesn’t stay near the female after she lays the eggs unlike other species. 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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  • LjMaxx
    LjMaxxalmost 6 years ago

    Ginny this is a fabulous macro of this D-fly. Wings are beautiful~~~ You go girl~

  • Hi LJ….this reply on here is from “long ago”…lol…I had it under comments. lol Remember those days?

    Thanks LJ. I waited long to see any dragonflies at all…and finally there they were!!! Woo Hoo! I t really made my day. lol

    – Ginny York

  • George  Link
    George Linkalmost 6 years ago

    Simply fantastic macro capture…great natural lighting and colors!

  • Thanks George! I was glad I was finally able to catch one of these little guys. they are so fast! Thanks for adding it to your favorites. I appreciate that.

    – Ginny York

  • eaglewatcher
    eaglewatcheralmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic close-up!! Beautiful composition and colors!!

  • Thank you so much Michael. I first tried to catch one of these guys on my macro setting…but everytime I got close, they would zip off…so I set my camera to 10x’s optical zoom and got as close as I could and then cropped in tight. I think they are so beautiful and can’t wait till I can catch more of them. Ginny

    – Ginny York

  • Tammy  (Robison)Espino
    Tammy (Robiso...almost 6 years ago

    Awesome capture!

  • Thank you so much Tammy! I don’t know how I missed your comment. Sorry my reply is so late.

    – Ginny York

  • Marion  Cullen
    Marion Cullenover 5 years ago

    Wonderful macro shot, love how the Dragonfly fills the frame. The square format was a good choice.

  • Thanks so much. I like square images…but they don’t work well for cards on here.

    – Ginny York

  • HG. QualityPhotography
    HG. QualityPho...over 5 years ago

    Wonderful macro shot.

  • Thanks so much Hans! Glad you like it!!

    – Ginny York

  • Jim Johnson
    Jim Johnsonover 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot. That’s a male Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa).

  • Thanks Jim…and thanks so much for letting me know what type of dragonfly this is. I had no idea. :))

    – Ginny York

  • Anthony Hedger Photography
    Anthony Hedger...over 5 years ago

    OH WOW! What an amazing close up, well done this is fantastic

  • Thanks again Anthony! I’m so glad you like this shot. It took me a long time to just see some dragonflies. Finally one day at the lake I saw some. I’m glad I could catch one. :))

    – Ginny York

  • louisegreen
    louisegreenover 5 years ago

    Fabulous capture!

  • Thanks so much Louise!!! They are so fast!!

    – Ginny York

  • Thanks for adding this to your favorites!!!

    – Ginny York

  • Rosemaree
    Rosemareeover 5 years ago

    wow what an amazing macro image…

  • Thanks Rosemaree!! I actually took this on a 10x’s optical zoom and then cropped it. These little guys wouldn’t let me close enough for a macro. :))

    – Ginny York

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