Where Spotted: Reedy Creek
Common Name: Great Blue Skimmer Dragonfly (corrections on possible misidentification welcome)
Scientific Name: Libellula vibrans
Average Length: 50-63 mm
Quick Facts (general dragonfly facts)
- Fossils of very large dragonfly ancestors in the Protodonata are found from 325 million years ago (Mya) in Upper Carboniferous rocks; these had wingspans up to about 750 mm (30 in).
- An adult dragonfly’s compound eyes have nearly 24,000 ommatidia each.
- Dragonflies live on every continent except Antarctica.
- Several years of their lives are spent as nymphs living in fresh water; the adults may be on the wing for just a few days or weeks.
Rufus at Richmond SPCA
Hello ladies and gents! My name is Rufus and I cannot wait to meet you! I’ve been dreaming about going home with a new best bud who will play fetch with me and let me cuddle with them at night. I just love curling up on the couch and watching old (or new) movies. Come over to the Richmond SPCA today to see if we could be the perfect fit!
Age: 6 years, 3 months
Gender: Neutered Male
Size: L (dog size guide)