May 12, 2007

Springtime Dragonfly

Four-spotted Skimmer, Four-spotted Chaser, Libellula quadrimaculata This impressive dragonfly posed for me in my backyard today, perhaps the earliest I have ever seen a mature dragonfly in the city.

I believe this particular insect is an example of the Four-spotted Skimmer, also known as the Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata).

This dragonfly was approximately five inches in length, with a comparable wingspan. While trying to identify this Four-spotted Skimmer, I read that dragonflies are the world's fastest insects, so file that away for your appearance on Jeopardy.

1 comment:

Hooda Thunkit said...

Great shot!

Although admitting that the creature is that big diminishes the awe if the shot only slightly ;-)