This is an elderly male Widow Skimmer. Note the worn, torn wing edges from weeks of flying and constant encounters with branches,thorns and maybe even birds. The white marks on the abdomen and shoulders of thorax were once black. He’s obviously doing fine because he is eating a tiny green beetle!


Compare to a young male Common Whitetail. Undamaged wing edges. Thorax and abdomen unmarred. Notice the different colors and patterns on the different dragons!

Have you seen many dragonflies this summer? We think there are a lot this year!


Published by

Carrie Staples

Author, illustrator of "The Yarn Animal Book", probably the only craft book with instructions for making such unique yarn animals as an orangutan, an ant eater, a llama and a star-nosed mole and "The Single Minded Prince, a fairy tale for all ages about a boy and a pirate captain who both misbehave. The books and a booklet series based on each different yarn craft topic covered in "The Yarn Animal Book" (pompoms and other really easy yarn crafts, knitting, crocheting, rya, needlepoint and embroidery), are available on Amazon and Kindle.

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