Golden-winged Skimmer - Libellula auripennis (Burmeister, 1839 (S1S2))

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

Range & Habitat:

Found locally in the coastal plain, usually farther inland than Needham's Skimmer.


Flight Season:
Early Date: 15 May
Late Date: 3 October

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

Male Lateral - Photo by Jim Bangma
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Very similar to Needham's Skimmer, but duller, with more orange in the wings. The anterior stripe on the thorax is nearly straight. The entire costa vein is pale (inner half dark on Needham's), and the lower rear leg is black (brown in Needham's).


Conservation Status:
State: S1S2 Imperiled to critically imperiled in New Jersey
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range