Yellow-sided Skimmer - Libellula flavida (Rambur, 1842)

Range & Habitat:

Found throughout the coastal plain.


Flight Season:
Early Date: 11 May
Late Date: 4 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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Mature males are pale pruinose blue, females have large yellowish spots on the thorax and yellow stripes on the sides of the abdomen. Both sexes usually show an amber streak along the leading edge of the wing.

Spangled Skimmer is similar but has flashy black and white stigmas.

Conservation Status:
State: S4 Apparently secure in New Jersey
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range