Mosquitoes are thick this summer in Indiana. Fortunately, some of our insect friends are trying to keep their numbers down.
The Widow Skimmer, Libellula luctuosa, is a dragonfly, commonly found in Indiana and much of the Eastern US. It’s Latin name, luctuosa, means “sorrowful”. Widow skimmer refers to the black (or widow) patches on the wings. The male and female Widow Skimmers are dimorphic. The males have white borders next to the black wing patches. The female lacks the white borders. The females have a bright yellow stripe longitudinal stripe down the center of the thorax that branches into 2 stripes on the abdomen.
The Widow Skimmers commonly perch on foliage waiting for mosquitoes and other small flies to approach. The Skimmers will fly up off the foliage to capture and eat the mosquitoes. A single dragonfly can eat about 300 mosquitoes in one day.