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Eight-Spotted Skimmer, Libellula forensic

The eight-spotted skimmer (Libellula forensic) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in North America. It prefers to reside near lakes with muddy bottoms and can be seen between the months of April and October. It reaches an average body length between 1.7 and 1.9 inches and holds two black spots on each hind and fore wing, the trait from which it derived its common name. This feature also distinguishes it from the twelve-spotted skimmer, which holds twelve black spots. Adult males can be distinguished from females by white spots that occur between the black spots, although some females may also hold these spots.

Image Caption: An Eight-spotted Skimmer (Libellula forensis). Credit: The High Fin Sperm Whale/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Eight-Spotted Skimmer Libellula forensic