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Skimmer Dragonfly - Orthetrum sp

Skimmer Dragonfly – Orthetrum Sp

These medium to large fast flying dragonflies are prodigious predators of other smaller dragonflies. They are almost impossible to identify to species level unless you have them in the hand and look at the reproductive organs under a magnifying glass and refer to the key. In birding LBJ’s refers to the impossible Little Brown Jobs and in dragonflies these are the not so Little Blue Jobs! Warwick Tarboton’s book offers a useful guide for this.