Friday, July 16, 2010


Eight-spotted Skimmer, Libellula forensis.

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:

, R.A. 2002. Introducing the Dragonflies of British Columbia and the Yukon. Royal British Columbia Museum. 96 pp.


Mr. Johnson said...

Awesome photograph. I like photgraphs of insects, butterflies and close-up photography of things we generally do not see up close.

ksdoolittle said...

Clicked back to your previous link about pruinescence and enjoyed learning something new. This is a great shot! I'll have to be especially mindful about watching for a 4-spotted as we have lots of sphagnum peat-bogs here! ~karen