Male Widow Skimmer Dragonfly

By | June 19, 2019

I photographed this male Widow Skimmer Dragonfly on one of my walks near the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas. I’m not good with identifying Dragonflies, so I hope I got this one correct. Theses are large Dragonflies that are common in this area.

Widow Skimmer Dragonfly
A Male Widow Skimmer Dragonfly Here In Arkansas

Widow Skimmer Facts

  • The Widow Skimmer male is territorial, like most other dragonflies, and can patrol vast areas in search of females and chase other males off.
  • The female usually lays her eggs in shallow ponds or lakes. (There is a pond nearby where I was walking.)
  • The male has white spots on the wings (as shown in my photograph) ; these spots are missing from the female.

How I Got The Shot – Widow Skimmer Dragonfly

I go on a lot of photo walks during the summer here in Arkansas. I have a place that butts up against the Ouachita National Forest and I like walking the National Forest roads in this area. On my way to one of these forest roads I came across this Dragonfly, and I was able to photograph it.

I was hand holding my Canon EOS 7D Mark II Camera with the Canon EF 100 – 400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens. I was shooting in aperture priority mode (AV) with a shutter speed of 1/800 of a second at f5.6 and the ISO at 800. White Balance set on auto. I was using single point, continuous auto focus with evaluative metering.

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