Quiz #106: Insect

Identify this four-winged predator. (Photographed in eastern Massachusetts on July 22, 2013.)

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A. Ebony Jewelwing

B. Widow Skimmer

C. Eastern Amberwing

D. Blue Dasher

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A is incorrect. Ebony Jewelwings (Calopteryx maculata) are damselflies (not dragonflies, like the creature pictured here) who, when at rest, hold their wings closed over their abdomens.

B is Correct! This is a male Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa). The wing pattern of these creatures is distinctive among New England dragonflies. See below for another angle.

C is incorrect. Eastern Amberwings (Perithemis tenera) have reddish-brown bodies and lack any blue coloration.

D is incorrect. Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) females have clear wings, and males have wings only slightly tinged with brown.

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