Golden-winged Skimmer

Place name abbreviations: MPEA - Middle Patuxent Environment Area; PRSP - Patuxent River State Park; PVSP - Patapsco River Valley State Park; WMA - Wildlife Management Area.

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Species common name
Scientific name
Length (in inches; M and F if different) Flight season
Relative abundance
Habitat.


Golden-winged Skimmer
Libellula auripennis
2.1-2.3" L-May — M-Aug
Uncommon.
Nearly impossible to distinguish from Needham's Skimmer (L. neehami) unless you have it in hand!
Habitat: Grassy edges of freshwater ponds. Forages in open fields near water. M perches conspicuously but is wary, swift on wing, difficult to approach at rest.
Golden-winged Skimmer (M)

Male
June 1, 1998
Centennial Park
Bob Solem

Golden-winged Skimmer (M)

Male
June 1, 1998
Centennial Park
Bob Solem

Golden-winged Skimmer (M)

Male
June 14, 2016
Rockburn Branch Park
Kathy Litzinger
Tentative since the specimen was not netted. The hind leg tibia and spines appear to be black.