Needham's Skimmer - Libellula needhami (Westfall, 1943)

This is a species of concern. Please report any encounters to Odonata Central.

Range & Habitat:

Found in south Jersey, most commonly in coastal ponds.

Usually frequents the edges of small marshy ponds.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 19 May
Late Date: 20 September

Flight season charts created from records in the official database maintained by Allen Barlow.

Male Dorsal - Photo by Jim Bangma
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Hey, dude, it's a bright orange bug!!

Golden-winged Skimmer, a more inland species, is similar but not as bright, with more orange in the wings, especially to the rear. Females and tenerals have minor differences in thoracic patterns that are beyond the scope of this site.

Conservation Status:
State: S3S4 Apparently secure but should be watched
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range