Dragonflies: Slaty Skimmer

Photo of Slaty Skimmer (female)

Along with the Blue Dasher, Eastern Pondhawk, Common Whitetail, and Eastern Amberwing, the Slaty Skimmer (Libellula incesta) is a common, widespread dragonfly here in eastern Massachusetts. Females show a yellow abdomen with a thick black stripe and wings with dark tips. Males are distinctive with their black eyes and face, all-blue thorax and abdomen, and black stigmas on otherwise clear wings (though some wing variation occurs). Where I live, this species typically flies from mid-May through late-September.

Photo of Slaty Skimmer (male)

4 thoughts on “Dragonflies: Slaty Skimmer”

  1. Hi Josh,
    I’ve been enjoying your dragonfly posts lately. I was in the yard a few weeks ago and saw a magnificent specimen of an eastern amberwing, and I had to go and check your blog to make sure I had it right. Also your dragonfly pictures are great! your Halloween Pennant is outstanding (I’d hang that one up). Do you mind if I ask what you are using for your lens/camera?

    1. Thanks for your kind words Matt. I took a lot of pictures before I got some worth sharing… I’m glad you like them. Most of the insect photos were taken with a Nikon D60, with either a 18-55mm or 55-200mm Nikkor lens. The Slaty Skimmers in today’s post were photographed with a 200mm focal length.

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