Widow Skimmers

Funny how we photographers often travel to other places to photograph interesting sights or wildlife, and overlook some very interesting things in our own back yard … in my case, my front yard! If you’ve been following my posts for a while, you are aware that I do a lot of kayaking at a couple of local Missouri State Conservation areas. These are not long distance, both places are less than 15 miles from my rural home. My main focus on these kayaking trips are the local wildlife: beavers, birds, raccoons, wildflowers, and whatever macro subjects I can find along the way.

Just 2 nights ago, after a fun-filled morning in the kayak, I decided to take a walk around our 10 acres to see what was going on. As I walked out the front door and off our large, covered porch, I ran across a pair of Widow Skimmers (Libelulla luctosa) resting in one of our gardens. The pair was very nice looking, no visible wing pieces missing, nice color, perfect photo ops! So I went back inside, grabbed my camera with macro lens, and headed back out. Here are a couple of my favorite images:

Widow Skimmer male

Widow Skimmer male


Widow Skimmer female

Widow Skimmer female


The Widow Skimmer lives throughout Missouri, as well as most other states and even a few Canadian provinces and south into Mexico. Widow Skimmers tend to perch vertically, about halfway up plant stems. Newly emerged adults tend to fly towards fields and woodland edges, where they spend about 2 weeks feeding and maturing before returning to the water. Males have a white band across the middle of their wings that gets more noticeable as they mature.

Hope you enjoyed the wildlife from my front yard!

 

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