Friday, July 16, 2010
One of today's prettiest finds on the monthly Steveston Community Centre bird walk at Terra Nova was not a bird. It was an Eight-spotted Skimmer (well, a lot of Eight-spotted Skimmers).
The pale abdomen is typical in males of members of the Family Libellulidae. It's a result of a phenomenon known as "pruinescence," which I have written about previously.
A great source of information on BC dragonflies and damselflies:
Cannings, R.A. 2002. Introducing the Dragonflies of British Columbia and the Yukon. Royal British Columbia Museum. 96 pp.