Needham's Skimmer Libellula needhami Westfall, 1943  

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Needham's Skimmer (Libellula needhami) is a close relative of Golden-winged Skimmer (Libellula auripennis, and can be difficult to distinguish with suboptimal views. Needham's is generally a coastal plain species, and is usually most common in the vicinity of the coast. This dragonfly utilizes ponds, lakes, and marshes, including coastal ones, but usually does not occur at the same sites as Golden-winged Skimmer, perhaps a case of competitive exclusion. In Maryland, this skimmer is common along coastal plain counties, but may occur uncommonly inland into the piedmont in some places (Richard Orr's The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and the District of Columbia).

There are 175 records in the project database.

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A male Needham's Skimmer in Kent Co., Maryland (8/24/2012). Photo by Mark Johnson. (MBP list)

A male Needham's Skimmer in Baltimore City, Maryland (7/16/2006). Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)

A Needham's Skimmer from Chino Farms, Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (7/14/2010). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Needham's Skimmer in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/6/2015). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list) (More of this species)

A Needham's Skimmer in Dorchester Co., Maryland (9/13/2014). Verified by John F. Carr and Greg W. Lasley/BugGuide. Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Needham's Skimmer in Kent Co., Maryland (7/31/2014). Photo by Walter Ellison. Photo by Nancy Martin. (MBP list)

A female Needham's Skimmer in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (7/11/2010). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Needham's Skimmer in Wicomico Co., Maryland (6/10/2016). Photo by Wendy R. Fredericks. (MBP list)

A Needham's Skimmer in Worcester Co., Maryland (5/22/2013). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Needham's Skimmer at Andelot Farm, Kent Co., Maryland (6/7/2014). Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

An old female Needham's Skimmer in Calvert Co., Maryland (9/17/2005) Photo by Arlene Ripley. (MBP list)

A Needham's Skimmer in Calvert Co., Maryland (5/31/2015). Photo by Bob Cammarata. (MBP list)

A Needham's Skimmer in Kent Co., Maryland (8/28/2015). Photo by Bill Keim. (MBP list)

Needham Skimmers in wheel position in Kent Co., Maryland (8/24/2012). Photo by Mark Johnson. (MBP list)


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