Eight-spotted skimmer

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Eight-spotted skimmer
Eight-spotted Skimmer (Libellula forensis).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Libellula
Species: L. forensis
Binomial name
Libellula forensis
Hagen, 1861 [1]
North America Range Libellula forensis.svg
Range of L. forensis [2]

The eight-spotted skimmer (Libellula forensis) is a dragonfly of the skimmer family.

Description[edit]

This dragonfly features the standard skimmer body form, and earns its name from the eight black markings on the wings. It is similar to the twelve-spotted skimmer, but lacks the black markings on the wing tips of that species. Males are additionally adorned with a total of eight opaque white spots. It can be found west of the Rocky Mountains near muddy bottomed ponds and lakes.[3] East of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, some females may also have white spots, making them the only female dragonflies in North American with white spots on the wings.[4] The total length is 44 to 50 mm. Flight season is April through October.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Libellula forensis". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. 
  2. ^ "Distribution Viewer". OdonataCentral. Retrieved December 2, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Abbott, John C. (2005). Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States. Princeton University Press. p. 271. ISBN 0-691-11364-5. 
  4. ^ a b Dunkle, Sidney W. (2000). Dragonflies Through Binoculars. Oxford University Press. pp. 297–298. ISBN 0-19-511268-7. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Libellula forensis at Wikimedia Commons