Random Insect: Twelve-spotted skimmer

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Twelve-spotted skimmer (Odonata: Libellulidae: Libellula pulchella) photographed 06/27/2014 near Clayton, Michigan.

Twelve-spotted skimmers (Odonata: Libellulidae: Libellula pulchella) are large dragonflies that can be found all the way from southern Canada to northern Mexico. Like other dragonflies they’re most often encountered near the lakes, ponds and streams that act as nurseries for their aquatic young.

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Twelve-spotted skimmer (Odonata: Libellulidae: Libellula pulchella) photographed 06/27/2014 near Clayton, Michigan.

These particular dragonflies get their common name from the twelve dark blotches that adorn their wings. Mature males like the one shown here also feature eight light spots, as well as light blotches at the bases of the hind wings.

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About Jeremy Sell

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One Response to Random Insect: Twelve-spotted skimmer

  1. Gorgeous photos, brilliant post.

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