Great Blue Skimmer - Libellula vibrans (Fabricius, 1793)

Range & Habitat:

Not yet recorded from the center of the state, it should be looked for in proper habitat.

Usually found at or near wooded ponds and swamps.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 22 May
Late Date: 24 September

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

Male Lateral - Photo by Jim Bangma
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Males become completely pruinose blue, with blue eyes and white faces. Younger males appear similar to females but gradually become blue.

Females have white faces and develop blue eyes. Otherwise they are quite similar to Slaty Skimmer and Bar-winged Skimmer, occasionally showing the wing markings of the latter.


Conservation Status:
State: S4S5 Apparently to demonstrably secure in New Jersey
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range