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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Twelve-Spotted Skimmers

The Twelve-spotted Skimmer is a large dragonfly found throughout the United States. Compared to its sleeker relatives, it conjures images of heavy-lift helicopters in flight. The distinctive brown spots on the wings make it easy to detect while it’s airborne. Once it perches, it’s well camouflaged. Each wing has three brown splotches. Additionally, adult males sport white spots between the brown spots and at the base of the hind wings. Another appellation of this beauty is Ten-spot Skimmer for the number of the white smudges.

© Ilija Lukić 2011

Twelve-Spotted Skimmer (female)

Twelve -Spotted Skimmer (male)

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