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    Slaty Skimmer - (Libellula incesta)

    Slaty Skimmers are dragonflies that find themselves at home in virtually any type of habitat, which means they are observed more often than their specialized relatives.

    Staff Writer (7/31/2017): Slaty Skimmers vary in appearance by gender. Males are a powdery light blue and juvenile females are a dark brown/black with wide yellow bands along the length of the abdomen. As females mature, they also become blue. Slaty Skimmers can easily be mistaken for Bar-Winged, Great Blue and Gray-waisted Skimmers. Bar-winged Skimmers have more dark lines at the front edge of their wings. Great Blue Skimmers have darker spots at the nodus (middle) of the forewings and bright, white faces. Gray-waisted Skimmers have narrower hindwings.

    Slaty Skimmers are comfortable in most environments, so they are common across the entire continent. Other members of the Libellula genus prefer more specific habitats and are less commonly observed. Look for Slaty Skimmers around any water source: springs, creeks, swamps, marshes, lagoons, etc. Flooded areas are also good conditions for temporarily expanded territories. Look for them throughout the summer months in sunny areas.

    Females mate with males near water and flick their fertilized eggs near the banks, or edges, of the water. Larvae (called naiads) remain underwater, feeding on aquatic insects. They look like insects themselves in this life stage. When ready, they crawl onto land, molt and become winged adults.

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    Slaty Skimmer

    Category: Dragonfly or Damselfly
    Common name: Slaty Skimmer
    Scientific Name: Libellula incesta

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Odonata
          Family: Libellulidae
           Genus: Libellula
            Species: incesta

    Size (Adult, Length): 45mm to 57mm (1.77in to 2.24in)

    Identifying Colors: blue, black, yellow, brown, ivory

    Additional Descriptors: blue, powdery, dusty, bands, spots, flying, helpful

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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