The Elfin Skimmer is the smallest species of dragonfly in North America and the second smallest in the world. Males are bluish-grey with a white face and grey and red eyes. Females are yellow and black with red eyes, a white face, and a striped abdomen that make them resemble a wasp
The Elfin Skimmer is the smallest dragonfly in North America. They are not a strong flyer and spend most of their time perched on low vegetation with their wings pointing forward and down. Males can be territorial, over a small territory, and will chase away other males and also male frosted whiteface. Because of their size, color, and the striped appearance of the abdomen, female Elfin Skimmers are often mistaken for bees or wasps
Floating bogs and calcareous fens with short vegetation
Female lays eggs by dipping. Male may hover guard or hold the female in tandem while she lays eggs
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