Golden Poetry “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” Aristotle
I believe this beauty a Golden-winged Skimmer, Libellula auripennis. The Skimmer is found throughout the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere and this one indeed was found in the prairie provinces of Canada. Skimmers are a common large dragonfly, often seen flying over freshwater ponds and rivers in summer. This particular one was found near a river. There are two main groupings of Odonata, the Zygoptera or damselflies and the Anisoptera or dragonflies. There are several differences taxonomists use to differentiate between dragonflies and damselflies, but one of the main characteristics is that a dragonfly will rest with wings spread open, horizontally or downwards whereas damselflies when resting hold their wings closed up above the abdomen.
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