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Widow Skimmer - TravelStorys

Nature Quest at Drowned Lands

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New York 1 hour

Widow Skimmer

While traveling along the wetlands trail, if you look really closely, you might spot a widow skimmer dragonfly. These large dragonflies are easy to identify, as the males and females have transparent wings with black bands on either side. Males have white patches in the middle of each wing and a long abdomen that is powdery blue in color, while the females lack the white patches, and are black with a yellow stripe. Widow skimmers love wetlands because they like to perch on sedges and wetland grass near the warm water watching for prey. They will eat thousands of mosquitoes, biting flies, midges, and other insects during their lifetime as they patrol the wetlands edge.

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