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Another Widow

I don’t know what it is about the Widow Skimmer; they’re a common species, not particularly colourful, not the prettiest pattern on the wings, not the largest or the smallest…and I think they’re absolutely beautiful. There’s just something very graceful about their appearance, so when I see one, I’ll almost always photograph it, just because it makes me happy to look at them. I think this one is an immature male; the adult males have a chalky-white abdomen. Females and immature males look like this.

Dragonfly (female widow skimmer)

The Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa) is one of the group of dragonflies known as King Skimmers. The species can be found commonly across much of the United States except in the higher Rocky Mountains areas and in southern Ontario and Quebec.[1] Adults have a steely blue body area but juveniles are yellow with brown stipes.[2] Wings of both sexes are marked with prominent black basal bands. Adult males develop broad white spots at midwing. 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.

Tri-coloured Marsh Hawks (Orthetrum luzonicum)

A medium sized dragonfly with blue, yellow and brown markings. In older males, brown and yellow markings may be totally replaced by pale blue pruinescence. Markings of females are similar to sub adult males but less brightly coloured.

Taken at Kadavoor, Kerala, India

www.asia-dragonfly.net/globalResults.php?Species=27

odonata-malaysia.blogspot.com/2010/03/orthetrum-luzonicum…

[I apologize for not commenting each day on images of my friends. Although trying to visit you all, I have not enough time to write comments now. And, I am posting more images now a days; no need to comment them all. Just view and enjoy. Wish you all a Happy & Chilled Christmas ahead!]

Variegated Meadowhawk 03

I’ve seen lots of the female Variegated Meadowhawks the last few days, but no male until this one today. Here you can see that the male is a richer red where the female (previous 2 photos) is more orange-brown. Adult males also have a red face and the females do not.

Photographed in my back yard on October 20, 2009.

Tri-coloured Marsh Hawk (Orthetrum luzonicum) Female

A medium sized dragonfly with blue, yellow and brown markings. In older males, brown and yellow markings may be totally replaced by pale blue pruinescence. Markings of females are similar to sub adult males but less brightly coloured.

Taken at Kadavoor, Kerala, India

www.asia-dragonfly.net/globalResults.php?Species=27

odonata-malaysia.blogspot.com/2010/03/orthetrum-luzonicum…

[I apologize for not commenting each day on images of my friends. Although trying to visit you all, I have not enough time to write comments now. And, I am posting more images now a days; no need to comment them all. Just view and enjoy. Wish you all a Happy & Chilled Christmas ahead!]