The widow skimmer is a beautiful black and steely grey dragonfly with boldly marked wings. The females and young males do not have the white spots on the mid-wing. They are present across most of the US, except at higher altitudes in the Rockies. They may be seen in fields and meadows well away from water.
Widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)
Patience pays off.
I chased this male for about a half-hour with no luck. We were at the Ft. Worth Nature Refuge photographing “stuff” when I saw this nice photo op. He would not let me get closer than about 20’.
We birded the area for about an hour, then started to the car, when he flew up in front of me and landed on the nice grass stem about 3’ away and patiently waited for me to finish photographing him. Not only that, but he posed against a distant out-of-focus background.
Troy and Martha