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Eight spotted skimmer

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Suborder  Anisoptera
Scientific name  Libellula forensis
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Odonata
Family  Libellulidae
Rank  Species
Eight-spotted skimmer Eightspotted Skimmer Libellula forensis BugGuideNet
Similar  Twelve‑spotted skimmer, Variegated meadowhawk, Erythemis collocata, Sympetrum madidum, Paddle‑tailed darner

Eight spotted skimmer glides and flaps


The eight-spotted skimmer (Libellula forensis) is a dragonfly of the skimmer family.

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Eight spotted skimmer laying eggs


Description

Eight-spotted skimmer Eightspotted Skimmer Libellula forensis

This dragonfly features the standard skimmer body form, and earns its name from the eight black markings on the wings. It is similar to the twelve-spotted skimmer, but lacks the black markings on the wing tips of that species. Males are additionally adorned with a total of eight opaque white spots. It can be found west of the Rocky Mountains near muddy bottomed ponds and lakes. East of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, some females may also have white spots, making them the only female dragonflies in North American with white spots on the wings. The total length is 44 to 50 mm. Flight season is April through October.

Eight-spotted skimmer Dragonflies

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References

Eight-spotted skimmer Wikipedia


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