Day 331: Twelve-spotted Skimmer

“The twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella) is a common North American skimmer dragonfly, found in southern Canada and in all 48 of the contiguous U.S. states. It is a large species, at 50 mm (2.0 in) long. Each wing has three brown spots. In adult males, additional white spots form between the brown ones and at the bases of the hindwings; it is sometimes called the ten-spot skimmer for the number of these white spots.” To read more click here

12 thoughts on “Day 331: Twelve-spotted Skimmer

  1. Excellent photo–every detail is perfectly clear–right down to the little hairs behind the back of its head! I spent hours and hours one day (back in June of 2014), trying to get at least one clear photo of a dragonfly. Rather frustrating–I almost gave up.
    There were lots of dragonflies around me, zipping and zinging around and not staying in one place for very long. I’m surprised that birds can ever catch them. They are amazing aerialists. I finally got a few photos that were clear enough, but not as clear as the one you have. I am totally impressed.

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