twelve-spotted skimmer

(Libellula pulchella)

Conservation Status
twelve-spotted skimmer
Photo by Dan W. Andree
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

The lateral white line on the female abdomen is solid and straight.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Total Length: 2 to 25 16

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
  Common whitetail (Plathemis lydia) lateral white line on the female abdomen is broken and zig-zagged.  
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Ponds, marshes, or broad, slow-moving rivers

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

Mid-May to mid-August

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Nymph Food

 
 

Small insects, insect larvae, freshwater shrimp, tadpoles, and small fish.

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

Small insects

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 16, 17, 18, 24, 29.

 
  7/3/2015      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)  
 

Suborder

Epiprocta  
  Infraorder Anisoptera (dragonflies)  
 

Superfamily

Cavilabiata  
 

Family

Libellulidae (skimmers)  
 

Genus

Libellula  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

ten-spotter

twelve-spot skimmer

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Greg Watson

 
 

It was perched on a birdfeeder hoop.

 
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Luciearl

 
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Gerry Garcia

 
  ...on a hike around Hyland Lake today, we saw this very proud Twelve-spotted Skimmer who “struck a pose” for his close-up.   twelve-spotted skimmer  
 

Gregg

 
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Alfredo Colon

 
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Laura Baxley

 
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Dan W. Andree

 
 

Twelve-spotted Skimmer resting.

 
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Bill Reynolds

 
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Male

 
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Female

 
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Twelve Spotted Skimmer
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Libellula pulchella (Twelve-spotted Skimmer)
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Twelve-spotted Skimmer
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Libellula pulchella (Twelve-Spotted Skimmer)
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Dan W. Andree

 
  HD Twelve-spotted Skimmer dragonfly
Published on Aug 10, 2015
 
   
 
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A quick and up-close look at Twelve-spotted Skimmer dragonflies filmed along a pond in Norman County, Mn. July/early Aug. 2015.

   
  "Widow and Twelve-spotted Skimmer dragonfly"
Published on Aug 11, 2016
 
   
 
About

Two dragonflies somewhat similar in color but quite different overall. This video shows some differences between a Widow and a Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Both were adult males. Somewhat similar in size though the Twelve-spotted is a little larger of the two.

   
       
       
 
Other Videos
 
  Twelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella)
Wandering Sole TV
 
   
 
About

Published on Jul 14, 2013

A Twelve-spotted Skimmer at Surveyors Lake in Kikomun Creek Provincial Park, British Columbia. It was interesting to see the way its abdomen was pulsating. It is sometimes called the Ten-spot Skimmer for the number of white spots on its wings.

 
  Twelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellulidae: Libellula pulchella) Male
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Jun 26, 2010

Photographed at the Glacial Ridge NWR, Minnesota (25 June 2010).

 
  Twelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellulidae: Libellula pulchella) Male
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Jun 25, 2009

Photographed near Fisher, Minnesota (25 June 2009).

 
  Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Stoil Ivanov
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Jul 5, 2011

Twelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella) filmed 7-042011

 
       

 

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  Greg Watson
6/12/2021

Location: in my backyard in La Crescent, MN.

It was perched on a birdfeeder hoop.

twelve-spotted skimmer

 
  Luciearl
7/18/2020

Location: Cass County

twelve-spotted skimmer

 
  Luciearl
7/13/2020

Location: Cass County

twelve-spotted skimmer

 
  Gerry Garcia
7/7/2019

Location: Hyland Lake Park Reserve

twelve-spotted skimmer

 
  Gregg
6/14/2019

Location: North Minneapolis

twelve-spotted skimmer

 
  Alfredo Colon
7/31/2018

Location: Woodbury, MN

twelve-spotted skimmer

 
  Laura Baxley
7/11/2018

Location: Hole-in-the-Mountain Prairie

twelve-spotted skimmer

 
  Dan W. Andree
2017

Location: Near a small stream in an open grassy area next to woodlands in Norman Co. Mn.

Twelve-spotted Skimmer resting.

twelve-spotted skimmer

 
  Lucy
6/10/2017

Location: St. Wendel, MN

I have seen the ebony jewelwing here in St. Wendel, in Stearns county. I plant lots of flowers and we have a variety of habitat , including swampy, low areas, open fields, deciduous and conifers. I've also seen the twelve spotted skimmer.

  Bill Reynolds
6/28/2015

Location: Pennington Co MN

 

twelve-spotted skimmer

 
           
 
MinnesotaSeasons.com Sightings
 
 

Baker Park Reserve

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Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve

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