Bleached Skimmer, Libellula composita, in Maricopa Co., AZ: new early flying date for the state

April 27, 2013
Species: Bleached Skimmer
Location: Sisson Road pond

The Bleached Skimmer in Arizona is a scarce species found only at a few locations. A small breeding population was discovered at an alkaline pond (Paloma Ranch) in West Maricopa Co. in April 2012 (new county record). A visit to the pond on 27 April 2013 revealed several individuals, including ovipositing females (pictures below). This record provides a new early flying date for the species in the state.

  • News: Bleached Skimmer, <em>Libellula composita</em>, in Maricopa Co., AZ: new early flying date for the state
    Bleached Skimmer, Male, Sisson Road pond, Maricopa, AZ, 27 April 2013
  • News: Bleached Skimmer, <em>Libellula composita</em>, in Maricopa Co., AZ: new early flying date for the state
    Bleached Skimmer, Male, Sisson Road pond, Maricopa, AZ, 27 April 2013
  • News: Bleached Skimmer, <em>Libellula composita</em>, in Maricopa Co., AZ: new early flying date for the state
    Bleached Skimmer, Female, Sisson Road pond, Maricopa, AZ, 27 April 2013
  • News: Bleached Skimmer, <em>Libellula composita</em>, in Maricopa Co., AZ: new early flying date for the state
    Bleached Skimmer, Pair in tandem (female was ovipositing), Sisson Road pond, Maricopa, AZ, 27 April 2013

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