Twelve-spotted skimmer

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Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Twelve-spotted Skimmer, male.jpg
Twelve-spotted Skimmer, female.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Libellula
Species: L. pulchella
Binomial name
Libellula pulchella
(Drury, 1770)

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.


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