Twelve-spotted Skimmer dragonfly (adult male)

Twelve-spotted Skimmer dragonfly (adult male)

The preceding photo shows a Twelve-spotted Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula pulchella) perching alongside the boardwalk in the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park on 04 September 2014. This individual is an adult male, as indicated by its coloration and terminal appendages.

The soft pastel colors in the background are a mirror image of the blue sky and white clouds overhead, reflected from the hemi-marsh. Look closely at a full-size version of the photo and you can see the sky reflected from the dragonfly’s left eye!

The next photo seems to evoke a different mood, despite the fact that it’s the same dragonfly perching in nearly the same spot.

Twelve-spotted Skimmer dragonfly (adult male)

Related Resources: Digital Dragonflies, presenting high-resolution digital scans of living dragonflies.

  • Genus Libellula | Libellula pulchella | Twelve-spotted Skimmer | male | top view
  • Genus Libellula | Libellula pulchella | Twelve-spotted Skimmer | male | side view

Editor’s Note: I used a Canon 580EX Speedlite mounted on my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 superzoom digital camera to shoot this photograph. The 580EX seems to “play nicer” with the Panasonic than my 580EX II. In particular, the 580EX always “wakes up” automatically whenever the camera exits power-saver mode; the 580EX II has to be forced to wake up sometimes (by pressing the “Pilot” button). For more information, see Lessons Learned: How to use a superzoom camera to shoot insect photos.

Copyright © 2014 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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3 Responses to “Twelve-spotted Skimmer dragonfly (adult male)”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Great shot, Walter, of a species that I have not seen this summer at Huntley Meadows Park. I love the patterned wings of this dragonfly.

    • waltersanford Says:

      Thanks Mike! If you spend more time walking along the boardwalk and less time hiking through the back country, then I’m sure you’ll see lots of Twelve-spotted Skimmers. 😉

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