White Tail (male) - approx. 4.5 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Genus: Plathemis (Whitetails)
Species: Lydia
White Tail (female) - approx. 4.5 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Genus: Plathemis (Whitetails)
Species: Lydia
Twelve-spotted Skimmer (male) - approx. 5 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Genus: Libellula
Species: Pulchella
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Updated November 3 2009
Blue Dasher (male) - approx. 4 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Genus: Pachydiplax
Species: Longipennis
Also known as Swift Long-winged Skimmer or Blue Pirate
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Updated April 24 2013
Blue Dasher (female) - approx. 4 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Genus: Pachydiplax
Species: Longipennis
Also known as Swift Long-winged Skimmer or Blue Pirate
Band-winged Meadowhawk (male) - approx. 4.5 cm
length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Genus: Sympetrum (Meadowhawks)
Species: Semicinctum
Also known as Half-banded Toper - distinguished from
other Meadowhawks by the yellowish band along the
wing bases - forewings are sometimes entirely clear
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Updated September 2 2011
Autumn Meadowhawk (female) - approx. 3.5 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Genus: Sympetrum (Meadowhawks)
Species: Vicinum
Formerly known as Yellow-legged Meadowhawk - male
meadowhawks are usually red - females are usually yellow
or brown - autumn refers to the late flight season of this
species
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Updated January 28 2013
Autumn Meadowhawk (male) - approx. 3.5 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Genus: Sympetrum (Meadowhawks)
Species: Vicinum
Formerly known as Yellow-legged Meadowhawk - male's
colour varies with temperature - many meadowhawks are
difficult to distinguish from a photograph
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White-faced Meadowhawk (male) - approx. 3.5 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Genus: Sympetrum (Meadowhawks)
Species: Obtrusum
Some dragonflies regulate their body temperature by
aligning their abdomens relative to the sun
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Updated March 17 2015
White-faced Meadowhawk (female) - approx. 3.5 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Genus: Sympetrum (Meadowhawks)
Species: Obtrusum
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Updated March 17 2015
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Black Saddlebag - approx. 5 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Genus: Tramea (Saddlebags)
Species: Lacerata
Eastern Pondhawk (male) - approx. 5 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Genus: Erythemis (Pondhawks)
Species: Simplicicollis
Also known as Green Clearwing
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Updated January 28 2013
Eastern Pondhawk (female) - approx. 5 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Genus: Erythemis (Pondhawks)
Species: Simplicicollis
Also known as Green Clearwing
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Eastern Amberwing (male) - approx. 2.5 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Genus: Perithemis (Amberwings)
Species: Tenera
One of the smallest dragonflies in North America
Order Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies)
Updated January 28 2013
Updated January 28 2013
18 species
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4-spotted Skimmer - approx. 4.5 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Species: Quadrimaculata
Order Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies)
Genus: Libellula
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Updated April 24 2013
White Tail (juvenile male) - approx. 4.5 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Genus: Plathemis (Whitetails)
Species: Lydia
Order Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies)
The juvenile male has the same body pattern as the
female and the same wing pattern as the male
Twelve-spotted Skimmer (female) - approx. 5 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Genus: Libellula
Species: Pulchella
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Updated November 3 2009
Order Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies)
Dot-tailed Whiteface Skimmer (male) - approx. 3.5 cm length
Widow Skimmer (male) - approx. 4.5 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Species: Intacta
Species: Luctuosa
Order Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies)
Genus: Leucorrhinia (Whitefaces)
Genus: Libellula
Twelve-spot Skimmer (juvenile male) - approx. 5 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Genus: Libellula
Species: Pulchella
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Updated November 3 2009
Order Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies)
The juvenile male has the same body pattern as the
female and the same wing pattern as the male
Frosted Whiteface  (female) - approx. 4 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Species: Frigida
Order Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies)
Genus: Leucorrhinia (Whitefaces)
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Updated November 1 2010
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Also known as Jagged-edged Saddlebag
Red Saddlebag - approx. 4.5 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Genus: Tramea (Saddlebags)
Species: Onusta
Order Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies)
The similar Carolina Saddlebag (T. carolina) lacks clear
window on inside of wing patch and the black mark on
segment A8 usually extends to bottom of segment -
possibly Carolina Saddlebag (see below)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Phylum: Arthropoda
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Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Kingdom: Animalia
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Class: Insecta
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Updated January 28 2013
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Chalk-fronted Corporal (male) - approx. 4 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Species: Julia
Order Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies)
Genus: Ladona (Corporals)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Updated August 3 2011
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Updated November 17 2013
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Updated October 5 2014
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Updated November 30 2016
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Abdomen becomes increasingly whiter with age
Dot-tailed Whiteface Skimmer (female) - approx. 3.5 cm
length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Species: Intacta
Order Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies)
Genus: Leucorrhinia (Whitefaces)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
More Dot-tailed Whiteface Dragonflies
Updated January 28 2013
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Updated January 27 2013
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Updated January 27 2013
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Updated January 27 2013
White-faced Meadowhawk (juvenile) - approx. 3.5 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Genus: Sympetrum (Meadowhawks)
Species: Obtrusum
Order Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Updated March 17 2015
Black Meadowhawk (female) - approx. 3 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Genus: Sympetrum (Meadowhawks)
Species: Danae
Order Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Updated February 28 2013
The male is black - often small amber patch at base of
hindwings
Unidentified Meadowhawks - approx. 3 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Genus: Sympetrum (Meadowhawks)
Species: ?
Order Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Updated January 28 2013
Many meadowhawks are difficult to distinguish from a
photograph
Male and female are similar in patterning with the female
being paler
Widow Skimmer (female) - approx. 4.5 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Species: Luctuosa
Order Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies)
Genus: Libellula
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
More Widow Skimmer Dragonflies
Updated November 30 2016
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Updated October 2 2014
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Eastern Amberwing (female) - approx. 2.5 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Genus: Perithemis (Amberwings)
Species: Tenera
One of the smallest dragonflies in North America
Order Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
More Eastern Amberwing
Updated October 2 2014
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Photograph by Ed McAskill
Photograph by Ed McAskill
Carolina Saddlebag - approx. 5 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Genus: Tramea (Saddlebags)
Species: Carolina
Order Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies)
The similar Red Saddlebag (T. onusta) has a clear window
on inside of wing patch and the black spot on
segment A8
does not extend to bottom of segment
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
More Carolina Saddlebag Dragonflies
Updated October 5 2014
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Photograph by Ed McAskill
Band-winged Meadowhawk (female) - approx. 4.5 cm
length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Genus: Sympetrum (Meadowhawks)
Species: Semicinctum
Also known as Half-banded Toper - distinguished from
other Meadowhawks by the yellowish band along the
wing bases - forewings are sometimes entirely clear
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Updated September 2 2011
Order Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Photograph by Ed McAskill
Frosted Whiteface  (male) - approx. 4 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Species: Frigida
Order Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies)
Genus: Leucorrhinia (Whitefaces)
More Frosted Whiteface Dragonflies
Updated November 1 2010
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Photograph by Ed McAskill
Spot-winged Glider - approx. 5 cm length
Family: Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Species: Hymenaea
Order Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies)
Genus: Pantala (Rainpool Gliders)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Photograph by Ed McAskill
White Tail Dragonfly (male) - approx. 4.5 cm length - East Don Valley (Charles Sauriol Conservation Area) - June 2008
White Tail Dragonfly (female) - approx. 4.5 cm length - Lower Don Valley (Crother's Woods) - June 2011
Twelve-spotted Skimmer Dragonfly (male) - approx. 5 cm length - Lower Don Valley (Brickworks) - August 2007
Blue Dasher Dragonfly (male) - approx. 4 cm length - Lower Don Valley (Brickworks) - July 2011
Blue Dasher Dragonfly (female) - approx. 4 cm length - Lynde Shores Conservation Area (Whitby) - July 2009
Autumn Meadowhawk Dragonfly (female) - approx. 3.5 cm length - Lower Don Valley (Brickworks) - August 2007
White-faced Meadowhawk Dragonfly (male) - approx. 3.5 cm length - Lower Don Valley (Brickworks) - August 2007
Black Saddlebag Dragonfly - approx. 5 cm length - Lynde Shores Conservation Area (Whitby) - September 2007
Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly (female) - approx. 5 cm length - High Park - August 2010
4-spotted Skimmer Dragonfly - approx. 4.5 cm length - Beaver Creek (Richmond Hill) - May 2009
White Tail Dragonfly (juvenile male) - approx. 4.5 cm length - Lower Don Valley (Crother's Woods) - June 2009
Twelve-spotted Skimmer Dragonfly (female) - approx. 5 cm length - High Park - June 2010
Widow Skimmer Dragonfly (male) - approx. 4.5 cm length - High Park - July 2012
Twelve-spot Skimmer Dragonfly (juvenile male) - approx. 5 cm length - Lower Don Valley (Brickworks) - July 2009
Red Saddlebag Dragonfly - approx. 4.5 cm length - Humber Valley (Humber Arboretum) - August 2010
Chalk-fronted Corporal (male) - approx. 4 cm length - Lower Don Valley (Brickworks) - July 2011
Band-winged Meadowhawk (male) - approx. 4.5 cm length - Kortright Centre for Conservation - August 2011
Dot-tailed Whiteface Skimmer Dragonfly (female) on Cattails - approx. 3.5 cm length - East Don Valley (Charles Sauriol Conservation Area) - May 2008
White-faced Meadowhawk Dragonfly (juvenile) - approx. 3.5 cm length - Lynde Shores Conservation Area (Whitby) - September 2007
Black Meadowhawk Dragonfly (female) - approx. 3 cm length - Kortright Centre for Conservation - July 2009
Unidentified Meadowhawk Dragonflies - approx. 3 cm length - Lower Don Valley (Brickworks) - September 2012
Autumn Meadowhawk Dragonfly (male) - approx. 3.5 cm length - Kortright Centre for Conservation - September 2009
White-faced Meadowhawk Dragonfly (female) - approx. 3.5 cm length - Leslie Spit - July 2010
Spot-winged Glider Dragonfly - approx. 5 cm length - Humber Bay Park - September 2012
Frosted Whiteface Skimmer Dragonfly (female) - approx. 4 cm length - East Point Park - June 2010
Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly (male) - approx. 5 cm length - Rouge Park - June 2012
Dot-tailed Whiteface Skimmer Dragonfly (male) - approx. 3.5 cm length - Rouge Park - June 2012
Carolina Saddlebag Dragonfly - approx. 5 cm length - Rouge Park - September 2013
Eastern Amberwing Dragonfly (female) - approx. 2.5 cm length - Rouge Park - August 2012
Eastern Amberwing Dragonfly (male) - approx. 2.5 cm length - Rouge Park - August 2012
Band-winged Meadowhawk (female) - approx. 4.5 cm length - Rouge Park - July 2012
Frosted Whiteface Skimmer Dragonfly (male) - approx. 4 cm length - Rouge Park - July 2012
Widow Skimmer Dragonfly (female) - approx. 4.5 cm length - York Regional Forest (Robinson Tract) - June 2016