New York Natural Heritage Program
Yellow-sided Skimmer
Libellula flavida Rambur, 1842
Yellow-sided Skimmer Ed Lam
Family: Skimmers (Libellulidae)

State Protection: Not Listed
The species is not listed or protected by New York State.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S1
A State Rarity Rank of S1 means: Typically 5 or fewer occurrences, very few remaining individuals, acres, or miles of stream, or some factor of its biology makes it especially vulnerable in New York State.

Global Rarity Rank: G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G5 means: Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

Did you know?
Male dragonflies in the genus Libellula are known to guard their mates while the female lays her eggs in the water at breeding habitats (Dunkle 2000).

State Ranking Justification [-]
In New York, Yellow-sided Skimmers have only been confirmed extant at one location on Staten Island and one other probable location in Suffolk County (New York Natural Heritage Program 2011). There are historical locations in Westchester and Suffolk counties, where they have not been documented in recent years and there is at least some suggestion that these historical sites are no longer occupied (Donnelly 1999).

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