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Narrow-winged Skimmers

 

genus: Cannaphila

Narrow-Winged Skimmers

cannaphila.jpgThis genus is the only found in North America.  It is a medium sized dragonfly, with a dark brown to black abdomen showing yellow dorsal stripes running its entire length.  In some mature males and females, the body becomes entirely black with a grey prunosity at the base, or end of the abdomen.  The hind wing is much wider than the forewing. Wings are hyaline, but may show slightly brown wingtips.  The face is white with a rusty brown forehead in females, and metallic green or dark blue in males.

These skimmers can be found perched on vegetation around marshy pools, ponds, and slow-flowing streams. Immature adults generally congregate in the surround areas.

 

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