twelve-spotted skimmer

(Libellula pulchella)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

twelve-spotted skimmer

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common

Flight/Season

Mid-May to mid-August

Habitat

Ponds, marshes, or broad, slow-moving rivers

Size

Total Length: 2 to 25 16

   
   
          Photo by Bill Reynolds

Identification

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

 
Similar
Species

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


Naiad Food

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

 
Adult Food

Small insects

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

 


Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 7, 16, 17, 18, 24, 29.

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Taxonomy

Order:

Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)

 

Suborder:

Epiprocta

 

Infraorder:

Anisoptera (dragonflies)

 

Superfamily:

Cavilabiata

 

Family:

Libellulidae (skimmers)

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

ten-spotter

twelve-spot skimmer

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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.

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

 
     
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Photographed near Fisher, Minnesota (25 June 2009).

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

 
     

 

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MinnesotaSeasons.com Sightings

   

Baker Park Reserve

Boot Lake SNA

Bunker Hills Regional Park

Butternut Valley Prairie SNA

Camden State Park

Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center

Carver Park Reserve

Cedar Rock SNA

Chippewa Prairie

Clear Lake SNA

Compass Prairie SNA

Crosby Farm Regional Park

Des Moines River SNA

Falls Creek SNA

Felton Prairie SNA
Bicentennial Unit

Felton WMA

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

Fort Ridgely State Park

Franconia Bluffs SNA

Frontenac State Park

Hastings SNA

Helen Allison Savanna SNA

Hole-in-the-Mountain Prairie

Holthe Prairie SNA

Hyland Lake Park Reserve

Hythecker Prairie SNA

Joseph A. Tauer Prairie SNA

Kasota Prairie

Kasota Prairie SNA

Kellogg-Weaver Dunes SNA
Kellogg-Weaver Unit

Lake Elmo Park Reserve

Lake Louise State Park

Lake Maria State Park

Lost Valley Prairie SNA

Lutsen SNA

Maplewood State Park

Mary Schmidt Crawford Woods SNA

Miller Prairie
West Unit

Minneopa State Park

Minnesota Valley NWR
Rapids Lake Unit

Morton Outcrops SNA

Myre-Big Island State Park

Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR
Touch the Sky Prairie Unit

Ordway Prairie

Oronoco Prairie SNA

Osmundson Prairie SNA

Pine Bend Bluffs SNA

Plover Prairie
East Unit

Quarry Park SNA

Red Rock Prairie

Rice Lake Savanna SNA

Ripley Esker SNA

Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve

Rock Ridge Prairie SNA

Roscoe Prairie SNA

St. Croix Savanna SNA

St. Croix State Park

Santee Prairie SNA

Savage Fen SNA

Savanna Portage State Park

Sedan Brook Prairie SNA

Seminary Fen SNA

Seven Sisters Prairie

Sibley State Park

Spring Lake Park Reserve

Swedes Forest, Homme-Kollin Unit SNA

Twin Valley Prairie SNA

Uncas Dunes SNA

Upper Sioux Agency State Park

Whitetail Woods Regional Park

Wild River State Park

William O’Brien State Park

Wood-Rill SNA

Yellow Bank Hills SNA


 

 

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