Widow Dragonfly – Summer Night – 1991

Graphite/ color pencil on black paper –

12 x 18

So called because the wings of this dragonfly can, with an imaginative squint, be seen as a black velvet mourning cloak covering a lacy, opalescent gown.  Very elegant.  Also, so-called perhaps because the females of this species drop their eggs into pond water unattended by their mates, unlike many other dragonfly couples.

This drawing is from the Insect Portraits collection.  It appears in the ‘blank’ journal, Conversation With Bugs (published by Pomegranate Artbooks.)  

Widow Dragonfly:  Libelllula luctuosa, Family Libellulidae (Skimmers)Order Odonata

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