Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies
The Skimming Bluet male is a tiny, mostly black damsel which perches on floating vegetation. The thorax is mostly turquoise blue, but the abdomen nearly all black, except for segments 8 and 9. The female has similar markings, but the thorax color may be tan instead of blue. The female's abdominal segment 8 has a pair of large blue spots on the top.
Skimming Bluet male
Photo courtesy of Loren and Babs Padelford.
Size: 22-28 mm (0.9-1.1 in)
Habitat: slow streams and vegetated areas of lakes and ponds
Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, MO, IA, MN
Flight season: early May to early September
Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
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