Widow Skimmer dragonfly – 7/31/11
Observer: Paul Lauenstein
Observation Date: 7/31/11
Observation Time: 3:45 p.m.
Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road
Common Name: Widow Skimmer dragonfly
Scientific Name: Libellula luctuosa
Comments: The widow skimmer is famous for its pruinosity – the white, waxy coating on the dragonfly’s wings and abdomen. Dragonflies have excellent eyesight. Their compound eyes have up to 30,000 facets, each of which is a separate light-sensing organ or ommatidium, arranged to give nearly a 360° field of vision.
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