The New Mexico Dragonfly Notebook


Libellula  composita
"Bleached  Skimmer"

Libellula composita "Bleached Skimmer" of the Family Libellulidae, a western species possessing transparent wings with a bright yellow costa, black stigma, and an amber brown spot at the wing nodus and wing base. Its broad, black abdomen with whitish-yellow pattern and lateral spots tapers at the end and becomes bluish-gray with age. The nymphs live among the muck at the bottom of ponds and stream pools. Clarence Kennedy thought it to be one of the rarest species in the West. This skimmer is found along brackish streams and sinkholes in New Mexico and has a common occurrence in Chaves County.

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