|Widow Skimmer- Click to enlarge|
This is a Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa), a dragonfly in the King Skimmer group. They are a common dragonfly found across most of the United States. Our specimen is a male, identified by the broad white spots in the mid wing. This is best seen here in the side view but are easily seen when they are flying. They are slow flying for a dragonfly and "easy to catch"- relative to say a hummingbird?.
They lay their eggs in the water, preferably pond or pools, and their larvae (naiads) feed on small aquatic insects. The last molt reveals the adults complete with a set of wings. They then feed on small flying insects, mate, drop their eggs and the cycle begins again.
Don't you love a story with a happy ending?