Keeled Skimmer on the wing

By July 20, 2021 Blog

Whilst I cower in the shade Jan Shields has been out in the midday sun at Cramer Gutter enjoying the first sightings of Keeled Skimmers. These dragonflies are fairly discreet, but well worth the effort of finding them. Jan’s photos show the blue¬†pruinescence of the males (left and below left) and the visible keel running down the abdomen. The yellow antenodal cross veins are also visible in the photos of the male and the female (below right). Both sexes also have striking ochre pterostigma (wing spots) illustrated here beautifully in the photos of the male.