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Insects/Bugs/Bees/Butterflies - 12 Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly
Class:Insecta Order:Odonata Family:Libellulidae Genus:Libellula


12 Spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella) a large dragonfly named for the three black spots it has on all four wings. Though both the male and female portray the black markings, each of the males' wings sport additional white spots between the black ones. This difference in markings between males and females is know as sexual dichromatism and is helpful in identifying the sex of these insects. I frequently see these Dragonflies on my neighbor's car antenna in the sun and on expired Iris blades. Occasionally they will swoop away in a short circle and return to the same spot. This may be due to their territorial instincts.

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 12 Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly Photograph
 12 Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly Photograph
 12 Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly Photograph
 12 Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly Photograph
 12 Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly Photograph
 12 Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly Photograph
 12 Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly Photograph
 12 Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly Photograph
 

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