Photos courtesy of Judy Gallagher, Gary Myers & Kim Hosen
Skimmers (Family Libellulidae) are a large and common group of dragonflies. Skimmers get their name from the behaviour of females, which skim across the waters surface periodically dipping the tip of her abdomen into the water to deposit eggs. They are large, showy dragonflies with long wings that are often brightly colored. Males are usually more colorful than females. Most skimmer species live around slow moving water, such as ponds and wetland pools.