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New Jersey Endangered and Threatened Species Field Guide

Image of An adult male golden-winged skimmer.Zoom+ An adult male golden-winged skimmer. © Allen Barlow

Golden-winged skimmer

Libellula auripennis

Species Group: Invertebrate

Conservation Status

State: Special Concern



Ranging from 2.0”-2.1” in length, this species is a beautiful orange and red skimmer. Mature males’ face, front of thorax, wing veins and abdomen are orange with red stigmas. Noticeable on juveniles of both sexes are pale lateral stripes. The lower hind legs are black.

Image of Range of the golden-winged skimmer in New Jersey.Zoom+ Range of the golden-winged skimmer in New Jersey.


The golden-winged skimmer can be found at inland ponds and pits with sandy bottoms. It has been found at only a few locations in the southern portion of New Jersey in the coastal plain.


The adults prey on all types of flying insects including small dragonflies and butterflies.


While the golden-winged skimmer can be most often seen during July and August, adults are active from mid May to early October.


The golden-winged skimmer is considered a species of Special Concern in New Jersey due to its limited known population.

Text derived from the book, Field Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of New Jersey. 2009. By Allen E. Barlow, David M. Golden and Jim Bangma. Edited and updated by Larissa Smith in 2011.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Arthropoda
       Class: Insecta
          Order: Odonata
             Family: Libellulidae
                Genus: Libellula
                   Species: L. auripennis

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