A winged widow…

Dragonflys’ eyes are so large they are nearly touching each other at the top of their head. This Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctusa) is so named because unlike other dragonfly species she deposits her eggs without protective watch of a male. This one is indeed a female because of the stripe on each side of the body; something males lack. Males are also named Widow Skimmer adding to confused naming by scientists. All are part of dragonflies known as King Skimmers for their large size. Widow Skimmers are common inhabitants around ponds; this was found at Lincoln Park’s South Pond. Copyright 2022 Pamela Breitberg

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