Developing Its Wings

By William T. Hathaway

This member of the Common Skimmer Family, Libellulidae, had just come out of the water as a naiad and is now developing its final body and wings. It isnít often that I find a newly transformed dragonfly clinging to an aquatic plant. Most of the time these “skimmers” are on the wing, flashing to and fro. So a close-up photo is somewhat rare.

See also further general information about dragonflies, and about the White-tailed Dragonfly.